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UNHCR Regional Update 35 - Burundi Situation, March 2017

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405,106 New Burundian refugees in asylum countries since April 2015 as of 31 March 2017


USD 214.5 million Requested by UNHCR for the overall Burundi Situation in 2017


  • Tanzania: Continue discussions with the Government to ensure asylum seekers continue to have access to its territory, while advocating for new land and the publication of the Refugee Status Determination procedures that will be implemented.

  • Burundi: Increase border and protection monitoring on the border areas with Tanzania.

  • DRC: Advocate for funding to ensure the new site near Baraka can be developed.

  • Rwanda: Implement the recommendations from the inter agency gender assessment.

  • Assist WFP in advocating to assure food rations of Burundian refugees will not be cut as of May 2017.


  • Regional:Over 400,000 refugees have fled Burundias the socio-political crisis hits its two-year threshold. UNHCR’s overall funding outlook is poor, as regionally a total of US$2.7 million has been received since 1 January 2017, representing 1%of this year’s needs for the Burundi situation.

  • Tanzania:Some 3,915 Burundian asylum seekers entered the country in March 2017. UNHCR continues to raise its concerns to the Government concerning the challenges faced by incoming asylum seekers and the importance to ensure proper Refugee Status Determination,in line with Tanzania’s 1998 Refugee Act and the 1951 Refugee Convention.

  • Rwanda: UNHCR is concerned about WFP’s expected cut in food assistance as of May 2017 due to lack of funding.Furthermore, to celebrate International Women’s Day,the new Women’s and Girl’s Opportunity Centre was inaugurated in Mahama Camp on 9 March.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Relocations to Lusenda have stopped as of 2 March, as the camp is hosting far beyond its maximum capacity of 18,000. Some 1,496 Burundian refugees are living in transit centers, while nearly 2,000 refugees stay outside with host families in precarious conditions. Some 400 Burundian refugees found shelter in a church in Katogota. Funding is needed to develop the newly identified site Barakain Fizi Territory.