Updates on achievements
One of the durable solutions of displaced persons is voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity. UNHCR Somalia supports Somali refugees who decide to repatriate on a voluntary and informed basis, and provides return assistance to support the safe and dignified return and their sustainable reintegration in the area of return. 1 Around 835,900 Somali refugees are still displaced in the region, while 81,000 repatriated with UNHCR support since 2014 and 35,000 returned spontaneously from Yemen.
Protection and return management
SRSG to Somalia met with Somali refugees On 12 April, in Dadaab (Kenya), the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Somalia (SRSG to Somalia) visited Somali refugees Dadaab refugee camps. In a meeting with Somali refugees, the SRSG to Somalia highlighted the gradual progress made in Somalia and that any decision on return should be voluntary. He also stated that there are concerted efforts to improve security in Somalia, however, al-Shabaab remains a potent threat.2
Voluntary Repatriation of Somalis during March was supported by road (from Kenya), air (from Kenya, Libya, and Gambia) and sea (from Yemen). After the resumption of road convoys from Kenya on 20 February, the road convoys have been suspended again since 14 March. The Gu rains have started in most parts of Lower Juba region and heavily affected roads to areas of return. On 25 March, the UNHCR Field Unit in Dhobley together with the state authority Jubaland Refugee and IDP Agency (JRIA) conducted an assessment on the road conditions in Afmadow district (Lower Juba region). The team concluded that the return routes from Dhobley were still not accessible. The last road convoy was received on 14 March (third in 2018).
Country of Origin Information
On 13 March, the Country of Origin Information (COI) was shared with partners as well as UNHCR operations in Kenya, Yemen, and Djibouti. This monthly update covers topics from the security situation, displacements and evictions to updates on health, the economic situation and the ongoing drought.
Since the beginning of the Voluntary Repatriation, from 8 December 2014 to 31 March 2018 a total of 81,030 Somali refugees have repatriated3 . Out of 81,030 who repatriated, 1,089 were assisted in March, namely, 759 from Kenya, 272 from Yemen, 56 from Libya and two from Gambia