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Despite ongoing conflict in the North, Mali continues to provide a protective environment for PoCs. Mali signed and ratified the main instruments of protection including the 1952 Refugee Convention as well as the implementation of a national asylum law. PoCs are entitled to the same health and education benefits as nationals as well as access to the job market. Once recognized, PoCs obtain an ID, however it is not widely recognized. Additionally, PoCs failing to present an ID can face detention and deportation. Due to a limited job market, PoCs have no choice but to work in informal employment, however the most promising sectors identified for PoC integration include fattening, renting kitchen equipment, car mechanics, jewellery and dyeing. Additionally, due to strains on national capacity due to conflict, 20% of the urban refugee population residing in Bamako are food insecure.
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