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05 Nov 2018 description
  • In the first half of 2018, 37,188 refugees had been supported with cash for the purchase of laundry soap and kitchen sets and 12,000 women for dignity kits through Cash-Based Interventions (CBIs) in Jijiga. 400 improved shelters were also constructed using cash.

  • UNHCR continues to support urban refugees in Addis Ababa with monthly cash assistance through a multi-purpose cash grant (MPCG). Through its partner NRC, UNHCR also continues to provide cash assistance to unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in Shire.

08 Oct 2018 description

The reopening of the border crossing points between Eritrea and Ethiopia has resulted in a significant increase in the number of new arrivals from Eritrea, with the average daily rate of arrivals increasing from 53 to approximately 390 individuals. Between 12 September and 02 October 2018, a total of 6,779 refugees were registered at the Endabaguna Reception Centre with a further 2,725 others at the border points awaiting relocation to Endabaguna. Approximately 4,000 have already been transferred to the camps.

01 Oct 2018 description

Following the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship, signed on July 09, 2018 by the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea, two border crossing points were reopened on 11 September 2018.

The reopening of these border crossing points has resulted in an increase in the number of new arrivals from Eritrea, with the average daily rate of arrivals increasing from an average of 50 individuals to approximately 180 individuals. Between 12 and 20 September, 2018, a total of 1,700 refugees were registered at the Endabaguna Reception Centre.

14 Sep 2018 description
  • In August, UNHCR provided 14,800 emergency kits to internally displaced Ethiopians in South Ethiopia. UNHCR has procured a total of 50,000 emergency kits with funding from CERF (UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund).
  • Ethiopian Government held consultations on the new National Comprehensive Refugee Response Strategy (NCRRS) which consolidates Ethiopia’s commitment to improve the lives of both refugees and host communities.
17 Aug 2018 description

928,663 Registered refugees and asylumseekers (to 30 June 2018)

59% Of the refugees are under 18 years old

34,509 New arrivals in 2018

INTRODUCTION

07 Jun 2018 description
  • Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 920,262 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 May 2018.
  • In the first five months of 2018, 29,211 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 4,436 in May. They include 2,157 refugees from South Sudan and 2,094 from Eritrea.
15 May 2018 description

The Government of Ethiopia, humanitarian and development actors and UNHCR launch regional CRRF, beginning in Benishangul-Gumuz, with other regions to follow in May.

15,694 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since the beginning of year.

40,000 new students have been enrolled in early, primary, secondary and tertiary education, as Ethiopia strives to achieve its ambitious education pledge.

Regional CRRF Launches

16 Mar 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 909,301 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 28 February 2018.

In the first two months of 2018, 15,097 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 7,202 in February. They include more than 10,700 from South Sudan and more than 3,700 from Eritrea.

18 Dec 2017 description
  • Ethiopia launched CRRF to further the protection of refugees and promote their self-reliance through a comprehensive and sustainable response, while supporting host communities.
  • 74,392 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since 1 January. The majority have reportedly fled conflict.
  • Refugees in Addis Ababa continue to be L3 registered. This will ensure access to rights in line with the NY Declaration.

Operational Context

15 Dec 2017 description
  • Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 893,938 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 30 November 2017.

  • Since January 2017, 106,092 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mainly from South Sudan (almost 74,400), Eritrea (over 22,700) and Somalia (over 6,600).

  • Ethiopia formally launched the CRRF, paving the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New York.

17 Oct 2017 description

Country update

In Ethiopia, asylum-seekers from South Sudan continue to arrive. In total, 36,414 persons newly registered as refugees through July 2017. This raises the total registered South Sudanese population to 380,818. Some 85% of new arrivals originated from Upper Nile State, 14% from Jonglei State, and 1% from Unity State. Women and children continue to represent the majority of new arrivals at 84%, while children under 18 years at 66%. Additional refugees have voluntarily chosen not to register.

13 Oct 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

73,307 South Sudanese arrivals between 1 January and 30 September 2017

416,886 Total South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia as of 30 September 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • All the estimated 30,000 new arrivals, who crossed into Ethiopia over the past weeks through the Gambella Region, were relocated to the extension site in Nguenyyiel camp.

21 Jun 2017 description

Ethiopia was hit by one of the worst drought for the first time in history in 2015. The seasonal assessments that followed the occurrence of the drought were able to identify the needs in the various sectors including the precarious protection situation of vulnerable groups including women and children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, internally displaced persons etc. The various requirements including protection needs were subsequently highlighted in the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document.

21 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

68,858 South Sudanese arrivals since 3 September 2016, based on reports from Gambella (as of 11 March 2017)

356,304 Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Ethiopia (both in Gambella and Assosa as of 11 March 2017) – This is an estimated figure; confirmed numbers will be provided at the end of the month

FUNDING (as of 7 March 2017)

USD 160.8 M Requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in Ethiopia

HIGHLIGHTS

13 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

167,688 The total number of IDPs in 2016 according to the Displacement Tracking Matrix carried out between September and October 2016

10.2M Individuals affected by the drought according to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document.

USD 23.8M Protection funding requirements 21.5 % funded

KEY FACTS

19 Aug 2016 description

741,288 refugees registered in the country

1,696 refugees newly registered in July

20,304 New arrivals registered since January 2016

13,159 Urban Eritrean refugees verified during the reporting period

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

  • The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) is UNHCR’s main government counterpart with which close cooperation is maintained to ensure the protection of refugees.

10 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

734,931
Total number of refugees

38,422
Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

49.8%
Percentage of women and girls

57%
Percentage of Children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

08 Mar 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

732,709 Total number of refugees

38,521 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

49.7% Percentage of women and girls

56.6% Percentage of Children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

11 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 731,071 Total number of refugees

  • 38,858 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

  • 49.7% Percentage of women and girls

  • 56.6% Percentage of Children

Population of concern-updated

A total of 733,071 of concern (As of 31 January 2015)

Funding

USD 280.0 million requested

UNHCR Presence