Ethiopia Fact Sheet February 2017 – ReliefWeb


811,555 Number of refugees registered in the country

17,919 Number of refugees newly registered in January and February 2017

9,839 Number of refugees newly registered in February

42,109 Number of unaccompanied and separated children


  • The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) is UNHCR’s main government counterpart with which close cooperation is maintained to ensure the protection of refugees in Ethiopia.

  • UNHCR is fully engaged in coordination fora to mainstream the needs of refugees within humanitarian and national plans. These coordination mechanisms include the UN Country Team, the Humanitarian Country Team, the Refugee Task Force, and donor, NGO and inter-agency meetings at the national, field and camp levels. This has ensured an effective coordination environment in the context of the Level 3 Emergency for South Sudanese refugees as well as the development of a regional response plan for the same situation in 2017.

  • The number of new arrivals from Somalia has shown a marked increase at the beginning of 2017, with a total of 4,106 people crossing the border through Dollo Ado between 1 January and 28 February 2017. This figure represents a sharp rise compared to the trend last year. 71% are children whilst 88% are women and children. The new arrivals, mostly originating from the Bay,
    Middle Juba and Gedo regions, report to have fled conflicts, exacerbated by food insecurity in Somalia. UNHCR, ARRA and partners are responding to their needs.

  • Over 5,500 South Sudanese refugees and 2,680 Eritrean refugees were registered in Ethiopia during the month.

  • ARRA and UNHCR jointly organized two meetings with external stakeholders to discuss the roadmap and the associated structures meant to create a legal environment conducive to the implementation of the set of pledges the Ethiopian government made at the Leaders’ Summit in New York in September 2016. The meetings were attended by senior officials representing the donor community, Government line ministries, NGOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders who also provided valuable inputs for the roadmap and the draft regulation that would be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval. Once adopted, the Regulation will complement the 2004 Refugee Proclamation and serve as a roadmap for the implementation of the pledges.

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