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19 Jan 2019 description

January 18, 2019
Contact: Stacie Blake
sblake@uscridc.org | 703.310.1166

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants applauds Ethiopia’s new refugee law allowing refugees to obtain work permits, access primary education, obtain drivers’ licenses, legally register life events such as births and marriages and open up access to national financial services, such as banking.

18 Jan 2019 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes Ethiopia’s historic new refugee law which will now allow refugees to obtain work permits, access primary education, obtain drivers’ licenses, legally register life events such as births and marriages and open up access to national financial services, such as banking.

Ethiopia’s parliament adopted revisions in its existing refugee law on Thursday (17 January 2019), making it one of the most progressive refugee policies in Africa.

18 Jan 2019 description

Addis Ababa January 18/2019 Three UN entities continue implementing a capacity development project to support Ethiopia’s coherence policy formulation for sustainable development goals in four areas.

The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) yesterday hosted a day-long workshop in Addis Ababa.

18 Jan 2019 description

Addis Ababa January 17/2019 The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) has approved a draft bill on refugees today.

House Legal, Justice and Democratic Affairs Standing Committee Chairperson, Fozia Amin told members of the HPR that the objective of the bill is to fill the legal gaps that were not incorporated in the previous proclamation of Ethiopia which hosts more than 900,000 refugees.

17 Jan 2019 description

Nearly 36 million children in Ethiopia are poor and lack access to basic social services, a new report reveals

An estimated 36 million of a total population of 41 million children under the age of 18 in Ethiopia are multi-dimensionally poor, meaning they are deprived of basic goods and services in at least three dimensions, says a new report released today by the Central Statistical Agency and UNICEF.

16 Jan 2019 description

Tinbit Amare

GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA: In a refugee camp hosting more than 85,000 refugees, a young mother of two have paved her way as one of the most popular teachers in the camp.

It’s early morning and students are lining up outside the school, eager to have their homework checked.

"Excellent work, students!" Nyanchew Chuol says loudly. As she is going through every single exercise book, the teacher is generous with her encouraging comments.

16 Jan 2019 description

Somali REGION - KEY FINDINGS

LOCATION AND CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT: 1,006,276 displaced individuals comprising 167,652 households in 389 displacement sites were identified in Somali region. These figures represent a decrease of (9,890) in the total individuals (-0.97%) a decrease of (594) households (-0.35%) and an increase of 1 sites (+0.26%) since round 13 (September/October 2018). 45.6% sites opened in 2017 and 21.14% opened in 2018. Conflict was the primary cause of displacement for an estimated 65% of the displaced population.

16 Jan 2019 description

Gambella REGION - KEY FINDINGS

LOCATION AND CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT: 24,689 displaced individuals comprising 3,624 households in 14 displacement sites were identified in Gambella region. These figures represent a crease of 3,616 in the total individuals (+17.16%) a crease of 398 households (+12.34%) and an increase of 0 sites (0.00%) since round 13 (September/October 2018). 62.4% sites opened in 2017 and 8.7% opened in 2018. Conflict was the primary cause of displacement for an estimated 85% of the displaced population.

16 Jan 2019 description

Amhara REGION - KEY FINDINGS

LOCATION AND CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT: 13,519 displaced individuals comprising 4,109 households in 59 displacement sites were identified in Amhara region. These figures represent a increase of 1,698 in the total individuals (+14.36%) an increase of 377 households (+10.10%) and an increase of 12 sites (+25.53%) since round 13 (September/ October 2018). 23.8% sites opened in 2017 and 39.1% opened in 2018. Conflict was the primary cause of displacement for an estimated 98% of the displaced population.

16 Jan 2019 description

Tigray REGION - KEY FINDINGS

LOCATION AND CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT: 72,113 displaced individuals comprising 33,448 households in 149 displacement sites were identified in Tigray region. These figures represent an increase of 22,561 in the total individuals (+45.53%) an increase of 12,606 households (+60.48%) and an increase of 46 sites (+44.66%) since round 13 (September/October 2018). 2.3% sites opened in 2017 and 12.75% opened in 2018.
Conflict was the primary cause of displacement for an estimated 98% of the displaced population.

16 Jan 2019 description

Afar REGION - KEY FINDINGS

LOCATION AND CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT: 50,619 displaced individuals comprising 8,780 households in 54 displacement sites were identified in Afar region. These figures represent an increase of 2,282 in the total individuals (+4.72%) a decrease of (36) households (-0.41%) and since round 13 (September/October 2018) no increment on sites. 14.7% sites opened in 2017 and 1.2% opened in 2018. Drought was the primary cause of displacement for an estimated 35% of the displaced population.