On 31 August 2017 at the Tripartite Commission Meeting for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania, the Tripartite Commission (United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Burundi, and UNHCR) issued a joint communiqué and agreed to implement a work plan from 7 September to 31 December 2017, which entails the voluntary repatriation plan of Burundian refugees who wish to return to Burundi. The voluntary repatriation operation will take place in phases.
The camp was opened on 14th, January 2016, as an emergency response to receive 40,000 Burundian Refugees relocated from Nyarugusu camp to Nduta and Mtendeli. The camp suspended relocation for short time early Feb, 2016 due to land issue and water shortage then resumed on 8th April 2016 to stopped again in May to receive new arrivals.
KEY BURUNDIAN POPULATION FIGURES
242,459 Burundians who arrived in Tanzania since April 2015
125,546 Burundian population of concern in Nduta Camp
66,588 Burundian population of concern in Nyarugusu Camp
50,279 Burundian population of concern in Mtendeli Camp
The United Republic of Tanzania was host to 348,019 refugees and asylum seekers by 30 June 2017, mainly from Burundi (276,692), making it the largest host of Burundian refugees in the region. The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) was officially launched in Tanzania in June 2017 following Tanzania’s indication to be a pilot country for its development. However, freedom of movement is restricted, which limits the ability of refugees to become self-reliant.
As the new school year started, UNICEF Tanzania has procured new Burundian textbooks and learning materials for more than 38,000 refugee children in grades 1-5 to ensure quality learning and teaching in three camps in North West Tanzania.
In response to a cholera outbreak in parts of Kigoma region in early September, UNICEF provided 506,940 water guard tablets to 20,845 people and water quality test kits to the Regional Medical Officer in the Government Regional Secretariat.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for stronger international support for Burundian refugees and their host communities, as chronic underfunding severely hampers the humanitarian response in countries of asylum.
At the end of June 2017, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) hosted 40,015 Burundian refugees, out of whom 38,133 reside in the province of South Kivu including 30,030 in Lusenda Camp, 6,670 who reside in host families, and 1,427 who remain in transit centres. An additional 1,882 Burundians are living with host communities in Katanga, Maniema and North Kivu Provinces.
Kigoma – Approximately 12,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania have asked the Government of Tanzania and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency for assistance to get home. Close to 280,000 refugees fled into Tanzania from Burundi following an upsurge in violence in 2015, of whom nearly 80 per cent are women and children. Now, some see the areas from where they originated as safe and want to return.
279,672 Burundian Refugees
12,000 Burundians in Need of Return Assistance
IOM APPEAL (USD)
(07 September - 31 December 2017)
TOTAL 3.715 M
283,096 Total Burundian population of concern in the three refugee camps
68,762 Total Burundian population in Nyarugusu Camp (Pre-Influx + Influx)
127,499 Total population in Nduta Camp
50,350 Total population in Mtendeli Camp
217,250,427 USD Required funding for Tanzania as part of Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan
1,536 Congolese new arrivals crossed into Tanzania in August 2017.
314 Burundian new arrivals crossed into Tanzania in August 2017.
10 Burundian new arrivals recorded on average per day in August 2017.
15 Refugees departed for resettlement countries in August 2017.
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This weekly report is produced by the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency (IOM) as part of the UN Country Management Team (UNCMT) response to the influx of Burundian and Congolese Asylum Seekers from Burundi. The report covers the period from September 4th to September 10th, 2017. The next report will be issued on September 18th, 2017.
There were 369 new arrivals (190 males and 179 females). All were Congolese Asylum Seekers. Entry points used by the asylum seekers this week were Kigadye (364 persons), Herushingo (5 persons).