UNHCR Africa Fact Sheet Jun 2002

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 30 Jun 2002
INTRODUCTION
On 1st January 2002, there were 4.2 million people of concern to UNHCR in Africa out of about 20 million world-wide. The Africa figure included 3.3 million refugees, 500,000 internally displaced or recently returned displaced people and 267,000 former refugees who recently returned home. In comparison, in January 2001, the global number of people of concern to UNHCR was 22 million, of whom 5.3 million were in Africa. Of these, some 3.6 million were refugees.

During 2001, more than 210,000 new refugees sought asylum in various countries in Africa. During the same period, 266,788 refugees returned home, mainly to Sierra Leone, Somalia, Eritrea, Rwanda and Ethiopia. This return figure represents 57.6 percent of world-wide refugee returns in 2001.

Among the 10 largest UNHCR-assisted return movements in the world, 6 were to African countries

(Statistics as at 1st January 2002)

These were:

Sierra Leone
92,300
Afghanistan
26,000
FYR Macedonia
90,000
Yugoslavia
22,100
Somalia
50,200
Rwanda
21,500
Eritrea
32,700
East Timor
18,200
Burundi
27,600
Angola
13,000



Ten largest refugee groups in Africa (Statistics as at 1st January 2002)

Burundi
553,900
Eritrea
333,100
Sudan
489,300
Liberia
244,600
Angola
470,500
Sierra Leone
179,000
Somalia
440,200
Rwanda
105,700
DR Congo
391,800
Ethiopia
58,900


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