Sudan: Population & Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response (1 - 15 February 2018)
Escalating food insecurity in South Sudan could drive displacement into Sudan.
Ongoing pipeline breaks for general food distribution due to import restrictions and delivery disruptions.
Refugees killed in clashes in Keilak, West Kordofan.
2,524 New arrivals from 1-15 February 2018
8,294 Total new arrivals in 2018
767,570 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan
(*Additional sources estimate that there are 1.3 million South Sudanese refugees in Sudan; however, data requires verification.)
OVER 2,500 REFUGEES HAVE ARRIVED IN FEBRUARY SO FAR – Refugees have arrived in South Darfur (1,154), White Nile (629), West Kordofan (628) and South Kordofan (113), for a total of 2,524 new arrivals from 1-15 February. This brings the total number of new arrivals in 2018 so far to 8,294, which is a lower rate of arrivals than that observed in 2017. The total South Sudanese refugee population in Sudan is currently estimated to be 766,750, updated to reflect the outcomes of biometric registration in East Darfur (see below) and White Nile.
REVISED POPULATION FIGURES IN EAST DARFUR – The overall refugee population figure for East Darfur has been revised downwards to 98,758 refugees, following the completion of individual (biometric) registration for 796 refugees living in Yassin locality, as well as the deduction of 1,070 individuals who moved in January to Al Lait, North Darfur from Kario camp. The current population at Kario is now 18,661 individuals. Ongoing individual registration has been established for new arrivals to Kario and Al Nimir refugee camps, as well as for El Ferdous. Individual registration data improves the accuracy of population figures for a more targeted response.
EXPANDED COVERAGE OF INDIVIDUAL (BIOMETRIC) REGISTRATION HAS PROVIDED CLEARER PICTURE OF REFUGEE POPULATION DISTRIBUTIONS – Recent analysis of biometric data collected to 31 January indicates a higher percentage of adult refugee women (aged 18-59 years) than men living in West Kordofan, White Nile and South Kordofan. In the Darfur region, there is a greater distribution of refugee men compared to women in North Darfur and South Darfur, with a more even distribution in East Darfur. These trends are also reflected in household composition, with a higher proportion of women-headed households in West Kordofan, White Nile and South Kordofan. Additional details on state-level population distributions can be found in the state dashboards here: http://data.unhcr.org/SouthSudan/download.php?id=3517.