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Burundi Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (31 January 2019)

Situation Report
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  • 346,983 Total Burundian refugees residing in the main hosting countries (United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, the DRC, Uganda).

  • 0 Burundian refugees assisted to voluntarily return in January 2019 due to temporary suspension as a result of funding shortfalls.

  • 745 Total Burundian refugee arrivals recorded in January 2019.

  • 58,546 Total Burundian refugees assisted to return in 2017 and 2018 from Tanzania (57,867), Kenya (586), DRC (88), Uganda (2), Gabon (1), Cameroon (1) and Burkina Faso (1).

  • 139,634 Number of IDPs in Burundi, according to IOM’s Data Tracking Matrix, 77 per cent are linked to natural disasters, 23 per cent are linked to the socio political situation as of January 2019.

Highlights and Operational Context

  • On 15th January, during a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, 35 organizations together called for USD 296 million to provide desperately needed aid in 2019 to some 345,000 Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries. The needs are outlined in the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan for the Burundi Situation. While more than 58,000 refugees have returned to Burundi since mid-2017, hundreds of refugees still flee Burundi each month, and UNHCR urges governments in the region to maintain open borders and access to asylum for those who need it.