278,275: Total number of refugees and asylum-seekers living in Tanzania
205,024: Burundian population of concern
72,771: Congolese population of concern
78,394: Burundian refugees returned voluntarily since September 2017
International Day of the Girl Child celebrations kicked off in colourful fashion across the three camps on 11 October. This year’s theme was ‘GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable’. UNHCR and partners held a series of events, including; traditional singing and dancing, football tournaments, and sack races, to commemorate the day.
Some 2,294 refugees returned to Burundi this month, bringing the total number of Burundian returnees to 78,394 since September 2017. The number of refugees signing up for returns in October stood at 1,405 people. UNHCR remains firmly committed to supporting durable solutions for refugees in Tanzania, including the voluntary return to Burundi for those who want to go back. In addition to this, it continues to ensure that all returns take place in safety and dignity, and are based on a free and informed choice.