UNHCR Somalia Repatriation Update, 1-31 March 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Mar 2017 View Original

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8,034 returnees returned to Somalia

  • 2,831 core relief items distributed

  • 1,035 newly enrolled students

  • 7,930 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

  • 74 shelters and 32 latrines constructed

  • 2,222 beneficiaries enrolled in community based projects

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

Operational context

  • On 6 March, UNHCR Somalia shared updated Country of Origin Information (COI) with the help desks in the refugee camps in Kenya. The COI includes information on drought, AWD/Cholera and election.

  • On 25 March, the Intergovernmental Agency on Development (IGAD) held a special summit in Nairobi on Somali refugees to help find sustainable and durable solutions for Somalia refugees and reintegration of returnees in Somalia.

Return Figures

  • During March, 8,034 Somali refugees returned to Somalia, 7,536 from Kenya and 498 from Yemen.

  • In 2017, a total of 22,023 Somalis have returned, 20,897 from Kenya, 1,124 from Yemen and two from Tunisia.

Return Assistance

  • UNHCR with partners provided assistance to returnees from Kenya at the Home Way Stations in Mogadishu (Banadir region), Kismayo (Lower Juba region), Afmadow (Lower Juba region), Baidoa (Bay region) and Luuq (Gedo region). At the Way Stations, returnees were given an information session on assistance available in areas of return, transport options, security on route, Mine Risk Education and availability of health services, as well as accommodation, hot meals, potable water, medical assistance and sanitation facilities. In the month of March, return assistance was provided to 5,713 in Kismayo, 1,021 in Mogadishu, 890 in Afmadow, 759 in Baidoa and 54 in Luuq.