Refugees from Burundi: Total

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Refugees from Burundi: Total JSON 
Last updated 31 May 2019
Source - UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 
A note on the refugee population from Burundi
The above total reflects the refugee population covered by the Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan and includes Burundian refugees who fled since April 2015, as well as some 37,000 Burundian refugees who had sought asylum in the region prior to April 2015. In addition to the population above, there are some 13,000 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya, 8,700 in Mozambique, 7,700 in Malawi, 8,900 in South Africa and 4,900 in Zambia who are assisted within the respective country-level programmes. A further 42,000 Burundian refugees, who have lived for decades in Tanzania, no longer receive assistance and are not included in these figures.
Refugees from Burundi: Breakdown By Location JSON 
Location name Source Data date Population
Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR, Government 31 May 2019
Rwanda UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 30 Apr 2019
Tanzania (United Republic of) UNHCR, Government 30 Apr 2019
Uganda 31 May 2019

Refugees from Burundi: Demography Chart JSON 
Source - UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR

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Burundian refugees returning home need urgent support

UNHCR Africa, 14 May 2019

“We need more support from donors to mobilize a robust reintegration program with other UN and NGO partners,” said Catherine Wiesner, UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Burundi Situation, while on a visit to meet returnees in Burundi. She added that increased support was necessary to ensur... Read more


Japan contributes USD 7.5 Million to Support Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda

IOM, 16 Apr 2019

UNHCR Has received US$ 2,000,000 to respond to immediate protection needs at reception, collection, transit and registration centres countrywide. The protection needs to be addressed include registration and legal assistance; provision of semi-permanent shelter and latrines to persons with specific ... Read more


UN Refugee Chief urges Security Council for firm response to record-high displacement

UNHCR Africa, 09 Apr 2019

Grandi appealed to Member States to bolster support for host countries. “85 per cent of the world’s refugees are in poor or middle-income countries. That’s where the crisis is. Support must be stepped up,” he said. “Their hospitality must not be taken for granted.” Read more


IGAD Ministers commit further to improving livelihoods of refugees

IGAD, 03 Apr 2019

“The only way forward to address the needs of refugees and host communities – including livelihoods and self reliance needs – and to ensure that hosting refugees contributes to economic growth and national development”. Read more


UNHCR expresses appreciation, urges more solidarity for Uganda’s refugee response

UNHCR Africa, 14 Mar 2019

“Uganda represents the Global Compact in action, but the country can’t do it alone. More global support is needed, particularly in the areas of education, economic opportunities and the environment.” Education is a major priority in the Uganda refugee response for 2019 and beyond. More than half of ... Read more

Regional Platform

Regional overview of the Burundian refugee population

Regional RRP Financial Information (2019)
Total appeal
Date of Funding Data 11 June 2019 (6 days ago)
Despite considerable underfunding, RRRP partners were able to support Burundian refugees in a number of key areas in 2018. Achievements include access to primary schooling for 43,695 Burundian refugee children (69 per cent), assisted deliveries for 96 per cent of pregnant Burundian women, provision of food assistance to all refugees in need of food and relatively low rates of global acute malnutrition among children six months to five years across the region.
15 May 2019
For returns to Burundi to be sustainable, more investment in areas where refugees are returning is desperately needed. While UNHCR is not promoting refugee returns to Burundi at this point in time, UNHCR and partners are providing assistance to those who indicate they have made an informed choice to voluntarily repatriate.
14 May 2019
Japan contributes USD 7.5 Million to Support Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda. The support will go to five UN agencies including; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS).
17 Apr 2019
UNICEF & UNHCR held a Regional meeting on the Global Compact On Refugees (GCR) and application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Eastern and Southern Africa (16 and 17 April 2019)
16 Apr 2019
Due to continued new arrivals from Burundi into Rwanda, albeit in small numbers, additional space is needed to ensure a camp extension in Mahama Camp. The camp is designed for 60,000 refugees and the camp population has reached 59,319 as of 28 February 2019.
10 Apr 2019
Since the start of the voluntary repatriation exercise in September 2017, a total of 63,143 individuals have been assisted to return to Burundi from Tanzania as of 31 March 2019. Of those who have registered for return, 7,760 individuals are currently awaiting departure after having had their intention to voluntarily return verified.
04 Apr 2019
Refugees Self-Reliance Initiative
Promoting opportunities for refugees around the world to become self-reliant and achieve a better quality of life.
Regional Ministers to Harmonize Regional Refugee Strategy
The High-Level Ministerial meeting on refugees was organized by the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Kampala, Uganda.
Status of refugees in Africa
One on One with Deputy UNHCR Chief Kelly T. Clements (KTN News Kenya)
UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator for Burundi calls for more support to ensure sustainable returns and reintegration of Burundian refugees
“We need continued solidarity to meet the basic needs and protection for the majority of Burundian refugees who are not yet ready to go home and live in overcrowded camps with limited opportunities to support themselves and their families,” said Catherine Wiesner, UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Burundi Situation. The Burundi refugee response and return operation are running on a very limited budget. UNHCR and partner agencies have through the Burundi Regional Response Plan for 2019-2020, appealed for US$ 296 million this year. Only 10 per cent of the financial requirements have been received.
Why including refugees makes economic sense
The new Director of the Africa Bureau Mr. Raouf Mazou explains why including refugees makes economic sense. It’s through supporting these private-sector initiatives and the ability of refugees to fend for themselves, to create value and wealth, that we will help them be economically included.