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UNHCR Regional Update 36 - Burundi Situation, April 2017

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409,662 New Burundian refugees in asylum countries since April 2015 as of 30 April 2017


USD 250 million Requested for the overall situation through UNHCR's Supplementary Appeal (Jan-Dec 2017)


  • Tanzania: Provide assistance to the Tanzanian Government in the development of the new Refugee Status Determination procedures.

  • Keep pace with the construction of transitional shelters and school classrooms construction activities across all camps.

  • Burundi: Preparing for capacity building workshops of Burundian Immigration Officials to take place in May 2017 - DRC: Advocate for funding to ensure the new site near Baraka (Mulongwe) can be developed.

  • Rwanda: Continue to fundraise to ensure food rations are not cut for refugees in the month of June.


  • Regional: UNHCR has launched the 2017 Supplementary Appeal for the Burundi Situation. This is due to the increased needs in the region, which have been readjusted to US$250 million, as the refugee population is expected to grow to 534,000 by the end of this year. This figure includes Burundian refugees who fled before and after 1 April 2015. Currently only 2% of funding requirements have been received.

  • Tanzania: The number of daily new arrivals from Burundi for the month of April 2017 dropped to an average of 25 individuals per day. After the Government of Tanzania installed screening processes for incoming Burundian asylum seekers, following the lifting of prima fade refugee recognition on 20 January, it is setting up Refugee Status Determination procedures. These are expected to become operational in the coming weeks.

  • Rwanda: 605 new arrivals were received in April, which is a slight increase from March, averaging 20 Burundian refugees per day.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Despite efforts made to admit new arrivals in the already overcrowded transit structures, some 1,235 asylum seekers were staying outside of transit centers in extremely difficult circumstances. While Lusenda Camp has surpassed its maximum capacity in February, UNHCR faces challenges in setting up Mulongwe Site, due to limited available funding.