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With more than 1.2 million refugees, mostly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide. Due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, many further refugees currently cross the border to Uganda.
Uganda CRRF Road Map 2018-2020
Uganda, a country with a population of approximately 42 million, has a long history of hosting refugees and asylum seekers. On average, Uganda has hosted over 160,000 refugees per year since 1959, a number which fluctuates proportionally to security conditions in neighbouring countries.
Refugee hosting districts in Uganda still lack basic services like water, sanitation and shelter
KAMPALA – 6 June 2018 - People living in Uganda’s refugee hosting districts – both people from host communities and refugees - are deprived of basic services like water, sanitation and shelter.
HON. SARAH OPENDI
STATE MINISTER OF HEALTH – GENERAL DUTIES
27th May, 2018
The Ministry of Health has noted with concern reports of an Ebola outbreak in Mubende district making rounds across the different media platforms. We would like to inform the public that there is no Ebola outbreak in Mubende or any other part of the country.
The ongoing verification of refugees in Uganda that started on 1 st March 2018, has verified a total of 272,642 individuals as of 18 th May 2018, representing 19% of the estimated target of 1.4 million registered refugees. The highest daily output was reached with 7,901 individuals verified in a single day last week.
The ongoing verification of refugees in Uganda that started on 1 st March 2018, has verified a total of 237,369 individuals as of 11th May 2018, representing 16.4% of the estimated target of 1.4 million registered refugees. The highest daily output was reached with 10,607 individuals verified in a single day last week.
Kampala 10/05/2018 – On May 8, 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Western border town of Bikoro. Two cases since been confirmed with several suspected cases.
Bikoro town is located 1,945 kilometers away from the Ugandan border at Mpondwe, Kasese.
As at 27th April 2018, the on-going verification of refugees in Uganda that started on 1 st March 2018, has verified a total of 159,533 individuals, representing 11% of the estimated target of 1.4 million registered refugees. The highest daily output was reached with 10,030 individuals verified in a single day in the last week. Verification started in a new settlement in Adjumani on 23rd of April.
The verification of refugees in Uganda started on 1 st March 2018, following the Prime Minister’s request to UNCHR to conduct a country-wide biometric verification of the refugee populations in the country. As of 23 th April, 2018, a total of 111,377 individuals have been verified, representing 8% of the estimated target of 1.4 million refugees.
Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan,
Kiryandongo refugee settlement, originally established in 1990, was re-opened in 2014 during the South Sudanese emergency and now hosts almost 60,000 refugees. The majority of refugees are from South Sudan, with a small number from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Sudan. Although now closed to new arrivals, partners continue to facilitate family reunifications and resettlement for protection cases.
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Nakivale, one of the oldest refugee settlements in Uganda, was opened in 1958 and officially established as a settlement in 1960. The settlement hosts more than 100,000 refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. During the Burundian crisis in 2015, the population of the settlement greatly increased. Markets are bustling and food is available for purchase, but many refugees struggle to afford basic items and face serious protection issues when utilizing the land near the host community.
1,395,146 total refugees and asylum-seekers
1,336,898 bio-metrically registered
58,248 pending bio-metric registration
Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. Uganda's progressive refugee policy grant refugees freedom of movement, the right to seek employment and establish businesses, and to access public services such as education, health care and justice. In refugee-hosting districts, services are integrated with government service delivery systems, whenever feasible.