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South Sudan Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (1 - 15 November 2017)

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2,482,790 *
Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 Nov (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

649,483 *
South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 November

278,965
Refugees in South Sudan and 1.88 million IDPs as of 31 October

Regional Highlights

■ In an effort to better account for all South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, UNHCR and Commission of Refugees (COR) have amended the official population statistics to over 805,100 refugees. This now includes more than 352,400 South Sudanese individuals who were living in Sudan prior to December 2013, when conflict broke out in South Sudan. As returning to South Sudan is not considered a viable option for this population, the Government of Sudan considers them as refugees. The pre-December 2013 population was determined by UNHCR and partners in 2014 for the purpose of the Humanitarian Needs Overview process.The figure is based on data from the 5th Sudan Population and Housing Census of 2008, which was adjusted in 2014 to take into account the South Sudanese repatriation exercise of 2010, and further cross-referenced with pension records.

■ As a result of the amended population figures in Sudan, the current regional population has been adjusted upwards to 2.48 million South Sudanese refugees. Over 3,000 South Sudanese refugees fled South Sudan into neighbouring countries during the first half of November.

■ Almost two million in South Sudan facing emergency food insecurity and an estimated six million, or nearly half of the country’s population are severely food insecure, according to a report released on 6 November by World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNICEF. The report highlights that the current situation is the result of ongoing conflict and warns that if the conflict continues the country could face famine in 2018.