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12 Dec 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.

11 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The government-led multi-agency humanitarian needs assessment started on 18 November 2017 and will continue until 13 December 2017. The findings will inform the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2018. Preliminary estimates are that 5 to 7 million people will require food support and 7.4 million people will require access to safe water.

08 Dec 2017 description

Additional EU assistance of €15 million will help scale up the response to surging humanitarian needs in the drought-stricken country.

02 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

December 01, 2017 9:49 AM
Eskender Frew

The government of Ethiopia says it will close all 27 refugee camps in its territory over the next 10 years and integrate residents into local communities.

"There will be a gradual transition from a camp-based protection model to supporting refugees directly within host communities,” Zeynu Jemal, deputy director of the Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA), told VOA's Horn of Africa Service.

28 Nov 2017 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 November 2017: The Government of Ethiopia today formally launched the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), effectively paving the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New York.

22 Nov 2017 description


  • One hundred and eighty-three new arrivals were registered in the BenishnagulGumuz Region (Assosa) while the Gambella Region reported no new registrations during the reporting period. In Gambella, 175 individuals, including 24 who missed the last relocation convoy, have signed up to relocate to Gure-Shembola camp (Assosa) in the next convoy.

22 Nov 2017 description
  • New national policy helps refugees legally document life events, including births, deaths, marriages and divorces.

  • 73,857 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since 1 January. The majority have reportedly fled conflicts.

  • Refugees in Addis Ababa continue to be L3 registered. This will allow them to better access rights in line with the NY Declaration.

Update On Achievements

Operational Context

22 Nov 2017 description
  • Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 889,071registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 October 2017.

  • Since January 2017, 103,263 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mainly from South Sudan (over 73,000), Eritrea (over. 20,700) and Somalia (over 6,600).

  • Ethiopia is a pilot country for the CRRF and works closely with Government and partners to improve the lives of refugees and host communities.

05 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In response to the worsening humanitarian context, the Government and humanitarian partners have increased the funding appeal of the Humanitarian Requirements Document to $1.4 billion. The revision took into account the increased needs of those internally displaced by conflict and drought.

  • The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners are preparing for the next humanitarian needs assessment, tentatively scheduled to start third week of November. The findings will inform the humanitarian plans for 2018.

03 Nov 2017 description

South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia are facing long days with nothing to do.

Like so many from South Sudan, Peter Gatwich is a tall man. A brown suit, blue striped shirt and freshly polished leather shoes make him stand out on the day of our visit to Gure Shombola refugee camp in Ethiopia’s western Assosa zone. Gatwick’s smile comes easily, but as the leader of the refugees’ central committee at the camp, he bears a lot of responsibility.

03 Nov 2017 description

By Diana Diaz

Refugees can now receive birth, death and marriage certificates, a historic first that will give them better access to services.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ariat Ochocka Odulla cradles her 18-day-old baby, Angakuny in her arms. Too young to understand what life has in store for him, he is one of the first refugees in Ethiopia’s long history of hosting refugees to receive a birth certificate. Lacking this crucial document for herself and other children, Ariat has experienced first-hand how hard it can be to access basic services as a refugee in Addis Ababa.

02 Nov 2017 description


South Sudanese arrivals between 1 January and 15 October 2017

Total South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia as of 15 October 2017


  • One hundred and fifty-seven new arrivals were registered in the BenishnagulGumuz Region (Assosa) while the Gambella Region reported no new registrations during the reporting period.

02 Nov 2017 description

399,061 REFUGEES


Key statistics

  • 65% Under 18
  • 89% Women and Children
  • 17% Youth (15-24)
  • 3,706 Unaccompanied Minors
  • 20,952 Separated Children
  • 36,712 Persons with Specific Needs
27 Oct 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the launch of civil registration for refugees in Ethiopia. Starting today, all refugees in the country will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities.

18 Oct 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain as usual was the most traded commodity in the region followed by dry beans, rice and then sorghum. See Figure 1.

  • Staple commodity prices especially for maize are expected to remain above last year and five year average prices despite near average harvest in the region with spatial pockets of deficit within and between countries because carryover stocks are low, tightening supplies available for trade.

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.

16 Oct 2017 description


  • A “National Integrated Food-Cash Relief Plan” was released on 5 October in an effort to streamline the ongoing humanitarian response in line with the new approach to food/cash relief assistance.

  • The Government and partners are developing an ‘HRD Status Update’, highlighting all outstanding 2017 HRD MYR requirements against revised sector requirements to address new needs since August.

13 Oct 2017 description

883,546 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

243,410 Households