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16 Oct 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018.

*Please note that the monthly population update is frozen until 18 January 2019 to allow for the smooth conduct of the ongoing L3 registration

Between January and August 2018, 36,185 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea.

16 Oct 2018 description

UNHCR delivers lifesaving assistance to respond to the increased Eritrean influx following the reopening of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Ethiopia is experiencing an increase in the number of internally displaced people. In total, over 2.8 million people in Ethiopia are currently internally displaced.

UNHCR enhances registration data and has frozen refugee figures as of 31 August 2018.
Hence all figures in this Operation Update are as of August 2018.

UNHCR delivers lifesaving aid to respond to the increased Eritrean influx

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.
13 Sep 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018.

So far in 2018, 36,185 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 1,626 in August. They are mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea.

03 Sep 2018 description

Overview Refugee Children in Addis Ababa

As of August 2018 a total of 22’802 refugees reside in Addis Ababa, mostly from Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region. Of the total urban refugee population 7698 (34%) are children. 868 are unaccompanied and separated (377 UAC, 491 SC). Whereas 18’981 refugees are residing in Addis under the Out of Camp Policy, 3821 refugees are urban assisted due to their medical, protection or humanitarian needs and receiving financial assistance from UNHCR and partners.

14 Aug 2018 description

Renewed violence in the Oromia and SNNP regions of Ethiopia has caused the displacement of over one million Ethiopians, who are now in critical need of humanitarian assistance.

The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners require a total of USD 117.7 million to scale up their response to the most recent round of internal displacement.

UNHCR has received USD 7.5 million from CERF for procurement and distribution of non-food items (NFIs) in regions affected by the recent displacement.

KEY INDICATORS (AS OF 31 JULY)

14 Aug 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 928,663 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 July 2018.

So far in 2018, 34,509 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 2,032 in July. They are mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea.

UNHCR is actively participating in the humanitarian response to the IDP situation in Ethiopia and has deployed two Emergency Response Teams to Gedeo and West Guji. The teams are supporting the authorities with site management and the co-ordination of responses to protection needs.

31 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • At the end of June 2018, there were a total of 22,443 refugees in Addis Ababa, mainly from Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and refugees of other nationalities, mainly from the Great Lakes region.

  • Of the total population, 859 are children, who arrived alone or were separated from their parents or relatives during flight.

  • Of the 22,443 urban refugees, 17,720 (79%) are Eritrean refugees, majority of whom are beneficiaries of the Government’s Out-Of-Camp Policy.

03 Jul 2018 description

In brief:

This regional CBCM ToT was conducted from 3rd to 8th June 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It hosted 23 participants from 6 countries: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen.

30 Jun 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 923,863 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 30 June 2018.

During the first six months of 2018, 32,477 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 3,266 in June. They include 19,195 refugees from South Sudan and almost 12,000 from Eritrea.

World Refugee Day 2018 was commemorated on 20 June in the capital Addis Ababa as well as in the 26 refugee camps across the five Regional States hosting refugees.

30 Jun 2018 description

Refugees across Ethiopia commemorate World Refugee Day. They call upon the world to stand with them.

19,195 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since the beginning of year. 1,344 during June.

64,000 refugees have been registered in BIMS, enabling UNHCR and partners to expand increasingly targeted forms of assistance to persons of concern.

KEY INDICATORS

923,863*
Refugees and asylum seekers registered in Ethiopia [As of 30 June 2018]

59%*
Percentage of refugees below the age of 18

13 Jun 2018 description

Comprehensive Level 3 (L3) registration launched in Ethiopia in 06 July 2017 starting from Addis Ababa. L3 registration was intensively implemented in Addis Ababa during November 2017.

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.
07 Jun 2018 description
  • The Government of Ethiopia, humanitarian and development actors and UNHCR concluded regional CRRF launches with ceremonies in Gambella, Mekelle, Jijiga and Semera.
  • 17,851 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since the beginning of year. 2,157 during May.
  • 50,000 refugees have been registered in BIMS. This will enable UNHCR and partners to expand increasingly targeted forms of assistance to persons of concern.

Regional CRRF Launches

23 May 2018 description
  • As of 31 March 2018, Ethiopia hosts 916,678 refugees and asylum seekers within its borders, including the more than 22,000 who arrived during the first quarter of 2018.
  • The Government of Ethiopia has committed to address the concerns of refugees, including a pledge to grant local integration to those who have lived in the country for 20 years and above.
22 May 2018 description

Thale Jenssen | Published 22. May 2018

Surrounded by a region in conflict, Ethiopia is Africa's second largest refugee hosting country, after Uganda. In addition, conflict, drought and flooding causes displacement inside the country. How are these refugees welcomed?

In January 2018, Ethiopia hosts close to 900,000 refugees, and the number is growing. They are mainly from neighbouring South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. More than 1.5 million people in Ethiopia are internally displaced.

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