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Refugees from Burundi: Current Situation

   Pre-Crisis and Current Situation dates on this page

Influx figures are dated as of 1 April 2015, except for Uganda which is dated as of 1 January 2015
Refugees from Burundi: Current Situation
400,733
Last updated 24 Mar 2017
Source - UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 
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Refugees from Burundi related to the current situation – breakdown per country

Location name Source Data date Population
Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2017
  8.9%
35,783
Kenya UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2017
  1.2%
4,699
Malawi UNHCR, Government 1 Mar 2017
  0.3%
1,099
Mozambique UNHCR, Government 1 Mar 2017
  0.5%
1,908
Rwanda UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 23 Mar 2017
  21.2%
84,938
Tanzania (United Republic of) UNHCR, Government 24 Mar 2017
  59.1%
236,640
Uganda UNHCR, Government 13 Feb 2017
  8.4%
33,793
Zambia UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2016
  0.5%
1,873


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   Refugees from Burundi: Current Situation

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Refugees from Burundi: Current Situation
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Refugees from Burundi: Pre-Crisis
14,061
Last updated 24 Mar 2017
Source - UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 
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Total Burundian Refugees (Pre and Current Situation)
414,794
Last updated 24 Mar 2017
Source - UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 
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Burundian Refugees (Pre and Current Situation) - Breakdown by Country

Location name Source Data date Population
Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2017
  8.6%
35,783
Kenya UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2017
  1.1%
4,699
Malawi UNHCR, Government 1 Mar 2017
  0.3%
1,099
Mozambique UNHCR, Government 1 Mar 2017
  0.5%
1,908
Rwanda UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 23 Mar 2017
  20.6%
85,367
Tanzania (United Republic of) UNHCR, Government 24 Mar 2017
  57.6%
239,080
Uganda UNHCR, Government 13 Feb 2017
  10.8%
44,985
Zambia UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2016
  0.5%
1,873


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  Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan

  Emergency Update

  Highlights

Protection staff from UNHCR had a meeting with the District Commissioner and immigration authorities in Ngara District following reports of some ad hoc screening activities conducted by the immigration officers at border posts in the district where some asylum-seekers were reportedly facing challenges in gaining entry into Tanzania. The implications and serious concerns were shared with UNHCR in Dar es Salaam. UNHCR then sent a formal communication to the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs in Dar es Salaam for clarification and to find a solution.
15 Mar 2017
The total number of refugees in Nduta Camp in Tanzania is already over 106,000 and camp facilities are overstretched. More land is needed very soon to host incoming Burundian refugees. Last week's average of daily arrivals into Tanzania was 724 refugees per day.
08 Feb 2017
The Tanzanian Government has revoked the Refugee (Declaration) Notice No. 54 granting prima facie refugee status to asylum-seekers from Burundi. Detailed modalities under which the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) will be conducted for individuals fleeing Burundi have yet to be communicated. Meanwhile the average daily new arrivals’ figure has increased to 727 individuals (during 20 January and 2 February).
03 Feb 2017
UNHCR has made significant progress in the construction of transitional shelters in all three camps in North West Tanzania in anticipation of the rainy season.
10 Oct 2016
- 2,443 New Arrivals recorded so far in July 2016, averaging 111 individuals a day.
30 Apr 2016
1,637 inter-camp family reunification performed; including previously Unaccompanied/Separated Children and female spouses.
30 Apr 2016

  News

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UN: Number of Burundian Refugees to Reach 500,000 This Year

NY Times / AP, 07 Feb 2017

KIGALI, Rwanda — The number of Burundians fleeing political violence is expected to reach 500,000 this year, and the United Nations is seeking more land for refugee camps in neighboring countries, the U.N. refugee agency reported Tuesday. Hundreds have died in the East African nation since April ... Read more

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Land needed urgently for camps for Burundian refugee arrivals

UNHCR, 07 Feb 2017

As hundreds of Burundian refugees continue to flow into neighbouring countries every week, UNHCR is calling on host governments to urgently provide more land to ensure shelter and avert a drastic deterioration in conditions. The number of people fleeing Burundi, where peace talks have stalled, ha... Read more

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Video: Burundian refugees stranded in Tanzanian camps

France24, 14 Dec 2016

More than 300,000 refugees have fled Burundi since the start of political turmoil last year, many of them stranded in sprawling camps in neighbouring countries. FRANCE 24’s reporters visited the Nduta camp in Tanzania. Burundi was plunged into crisis in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza... Read more

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Burundi opposition reject mediator days after his arrival

Reuters, 13 Dec 2016

Burundi opposition groups demanded an international mediator resign just days after he arrived, casting a shadow over already troubled efforts to resolve months of political violence. Mediator Benjamin Mkapa flew in on Friday at the head of an African peace mission, then gave a speech at the airp... Read more

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Burundi says will not cooperate with U.N. investigation into violence

Thomsom Reuters Foundation, 24 Nov 2016

NAIROBI, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Burundi's government refused on Thursday to cooperate with a U.N. inquiry into months of political violence, saying accusations of abuses by its officials were part of a political plot. The United Nations announced the inquiry this week to identify perpetrators in the ... Read more