UNHCR Tanzania Inter-Agency Operational Update: Burundi Refugee Situation (12 - 25 May 2017)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 25 May 2017 View Original

KEY FIGURES

242,266 Total Burundian population of concern

65,314 Total Burundian population in Nyarugusu Camp (Pre-Influx + Influx)

125,109 Total population in Nduta Camp

51,799 Total population in Mtendeli Camp

FUNDING

217,250,427 USD Required Funding for Tanzania as part of Burundi Regional Refugee

PRIORITIES

  • Keep pace with the construction of transitional shelters and school classrooms across all camps.

  • Monitoring of the upcoming RSD exercise in Nduta Camp.

  • Follow up on the work to improve water yields across all camps.

  • Continue on the advocacy with the Government of Tanzania with regards to temporary school structures construction.

HIGHLIGHTS

Finalization of the International Refugee Protection Workshops: The workshops for regional, district, law enforcement and other government officials on the International Refugee Protection in support of the broader protection of persons of concern in Kigoma and Kagera Regions, have been concluded from 22 to 29 May 2017. The last sessions were held for the immigration and law enforcement officers, as well as members of the defense and security committees in the districts of Kagera Region. The series of workshops were held over the last four weeks in the two regions which host preponderance of the total number of refugees and asylumseekers in Tanzania. The workshops aimed at enhancing the asylum space in the regions in general and supporting the impending individual refugee status determination process in favor of Burundian asylum-seekers in particular.

Refugee Status Determination (RSD): The individual Refugee Status Determination (RSD) exercise for of asylum-seekers from Burundi is due to start by mid-June 2017 in Nduta Camp, Kibondo District. A technical workshop on refugee status determination was organized by the Refugee Services Department and UNHCR for Government staff designated to take part in the new individual RSD process, as well as for UNHCR observer team. The infrastructures to facilitate the exercise in the camp have been completed and relevant logistics are being mobilized. The sensitization of the asylum-seekers concerned has begun.

Operational Context

  • The number of asylum-seekers from Burundi who have entered the territory during the period of 12 to 25 May 2017 stood at 126 individuals or an average of nine individuals per day. This shows approximately a further seven percent drop in the number of new arrivals from Burundi as compared to the previous bi-weekly reporting period when the number of asylum-seekers stood at 136 individuals or an average of about 10 individuals per day.

  • The Burundian Refugee Situation in Tanzania is severely under-funded at approximately six percent as of the second quarter of 2017 out of the total requirement of USD 217,250,427 for the Burundian Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP). Funding constraints continue to pose challenges for the provision of basic humanitarian services across the three camps.