UNHCR Ethiopia Factsheet - April 2018

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 30 Apr 2018

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 915,073 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 30 April 2018.

In the first quarter of 2018, 24,775 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 2,682 in April. They include 1,446 from Eritrea and 1,027 from South Sudan.

UNHCR supported ARRA, to organize a regional CRRF launch event in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region to introduce the new way of working with refugees and their hosts to the authorities and residents of the region. Similar launches are scheduled to take place in May in the Gambella, Somali, Tigray and Afar regions.

Working with Partners

  • UNHCR's main Government counterpart to ensure the protection of refugees in Ethiopia is the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA). In addition, UNHCR works in close coordination with some 50 humanitarian partners, and is part of the Humanitarian Country Team in Ethiopia, where refugee programmes are discussed strategically to ensure that the needs of refugees are adequately presented and addressed across the UN System. UNHCR is also building on a well-established coordination fora, including the inter-sector Refugee Coordination Group, together with national and regional sector working groups. . As part of the CRR approach, UNHCR is furthering partnerships with line ministries, regional and local authorities, as well as development partners.