The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 131,051 individuals, with the number continuing to increase daily. The asylum seekers continue to arrive in Ethiopia through the Gambella Regional State, mainly through Burbiey, Pagak and Akobo border-entry points, citing security as the main reason for their flight.
Out of this figure, a total of 125,051 have been Level 1 registered by UNHCR and ARRA in addition to an estimated 6,000 new arrivals who are waiting for registration. UNHCR and ARRA have concluded the registration of more than 14,000 refugees who came into Ethiopia in early May, fleeing the fighting in the city of Nasir. Registration continues as more new arrivals enter Ethiopia. An accelerated system of registration is used which, coupled with an increase in registration staff deployed, allows for the registration of 2,000 people per day.
The daily new arrival rate is approximately 1,000 individuals, with the majority entering through Burbiey. In Pagak, the new arrivals come mainly from Matiang and Maban in South Sudan.
UNHCR and ARRA are registering the new arrivals and IOM is relocating them to the camps. An ambulance has also been deployed to Burbiey for the movement of refugees who are not fit to travel on the bus.
Population of concern (in millions) A total of 131,051 people of concern
Funding against the operation US$102 million requested