Operation: Sri Lanka
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|2019 planning figures|
|2,810||refugee returnees will receive cash grants|
|1,150||households will receive multipurpose cash grants to meet basic and essential needs|
|80%||of people of concern will have access to legal assistance|
|2017 year-end results|
|83%||of the programme priorities identified by the community have been implemented|
|1,520||Sri Lankan returnees received cash assistance for NFIs|
|910||refugees were provided with multipurpose cash grants|
|470||individuals were registered as asylum-seekers|
|350||government staff were trained on refugee and international law|
|190||refugees departed on resettlement|
People of Concern
Operational environmentUNHCR will strive to maintain the protection space and pursue durable solutions for refugees and asylum-seekers in urban areas. People of concern will be registered and undergo refugee status determination (RSD) in accordance with the procedural standards. Resettlement, as a durable solution and a means to safeguard the asylum space, will continue albeit at decreasing numbers. UNCHR will also work to build the government’s ownership of asylum by providing technical support, strategic coordination, and capacity building. Advocacy for people of concern to access to public schools and work in line with the 2030 SDG Agenda, and partnerships with UN agencies, NGOs and religious groups will remain pillars of UNHCR’s community-based work. UNHCR will pursue stronger engagement of the rule of law entities, such as the Human Rights Commission and Legal Aid Commission.
Key prioritiesIn 2019, UNHCR will focus on:
- Continuing to work with the Governments of India and Sri Lanka to increase the successful voluntary return and reintegration of Sri Lankan refugees;
- Building linkages with additional partners who can incorporate urban refugees into national programmes, in light of the decreased resettlement opportunities.