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Mauritanians in Senegal

Mauritanians in Senegal
In this November 2011 photo, Mauritanian refugee students at Thiabakh elementary school sit in the classroom in Ndioum Arrondissement, Podor Department, Saint-Louis Region, Senegal.
Regions with significant populations
Dagana · Podor · Matam · Bakel[1]
Sunni Islam

There is a large community of Mauritanians in Senegal, including tens of thousands of black Mauritanians expelled by their own government during a 1989 border incident.

Migration history

In early 1989, tensions arose between [3] Those expelled were largely of Halpuular ethnicity.[4] The border between the two countries would not be reopened until April 1992.[5]

Repatriation began slowly after the reopening of the border. Refugees returning to Guidimaka complained of continued discrimination by local authorities.[6] Reports in early 2013 indicated that returnees continued to face difficulties resettling in their former villages and regaining access to the lands they had once farmed due to their lack of identification documents.[7]


  1. ^ Stone 2005, p. 7
  2. ^ Stone 2005, p. 6
  3. ^ Stone 2005, p. 7
  4. ^ Marty 2003, p. 497
  5. ^ El Yessa 2009, p. 10
  6. ^ El Yessa 2009, p. 11
  7. ^ "Mauritania: Ex-refugees want land, ID cards", IRIN News, 2013-01-07, retrieved 2013-01-08 


Further reading

External links

  • Réfugiés négro-mauritaniens au Sénégal, a photo exhibition by Elodie Perriot
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