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UNHCR Ethiopia Situational Update, November 2017

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  • Ethiopia launched CRRF to further the protection of refugees and promote their self-reliance through a comprehensive and sustainable response, while supporting host communities.
  • 74,392 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since 1 January. The majority have reportedly fled conflict.
  • Refugees in Addis Ababa continue to be L3 registered. This will ensure access to rights in line with the NY Declaration.

Operational Context

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

Through the pledges, which serve as a vehicle for implementing the CRRF in the country, Ethiopia seeks to promote refugees’ self-reliance through a comprehensive and sustainable response that combines wider support to host communities, furthering peaceful coexistence and the inclusion of refugees into national development plans.

Ato Solomon Tesfaye, State Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reconfirmed the government’s commitment to a significant shift in the way it responds to the needs of refugees, including a gradual transition from a camp-based protection model to supporting refugees directly within host-communities.