Refugees from Burundi: Total

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Refugees from Burundi: Total JSON 
Last updated 28 Feb 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 28 Feb 2019
Rwanda UNHCR, Government, MIDIMAR 28 Feb 2019
Tanzania (United Republic of) UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2019
Uganda 28 Feb 2019

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

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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


VIDEO: Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan 2019-2020

UNHCR Africa, 21 Feb 2019

For more than 4 years, humanitarian agencies have provided relief for Burundian refugees but funding consistently falls short. Read more


UNHCR Chief calls for more international support for Tanzania

UNHCR, 10 Feb 2019

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UNHCR and partners seek US$296 million for Burundi refugee crisis

UNHCR, 15 Jan 2019

Burundi is one of the most neglected refugee situations globally. And measurably so; In 2018 it was among the world’s least-funded. Read more


UNHCR’s new 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign invites the public to step in solidarity with refugees

UNHCR Africa, 08 Jan 2019

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Regional Platform

Regional overview of the Burundian refugee population

Regional RRP Financial Information (2019)
Total appeal
Date of Funding Data 20 March 2019 (3 days ago)
While more than 58,000 refugees have returned to Burundi since mid-2017, hundreds of refugees still flee Burundi each month, and UNHCR urges governments in the region to maintain open borders and access to asylum for those who need it.
07 Mar 2019
To foster economic self-reliance for refugees and host communities, Regional Refugee Response Plan partners will work toward strengthening resilience across the region, emphasizing economic inclusion and utilising cash-based interventions wherever feasible.
05 Mar 2019
UNHCR and partners are not promoting return to Burundi, but are working with the governments involved to ensure that returns are based on the principles of voluntariness and informed decisions, and take place in safety and dignity. 58,546 Burundian refugees were assisted to return in 2017 and 2018 .
25 Feb 2019
35 partners including the UN, International and National NGOs are collectively appealing for $296 million dollars for one of the least funded situations, the Burundian Situation.
21 Feb 2019
UNHCR Chief calls for more international support for Tanzania. Concluding a four-day visit to East African nation, Filippo Grandi urges greater investment for north-west regions hosting 330,000 refugees.
08 Feb 2019
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