Sri Lanka


Operation: Opération: Sri Lanka



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Key Figures

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 Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2017 42,766
2016 54,409
2015 55,290


[["Refugees",822],["Asylum-seekers",628],["IDPs",39322],["Returned IDPs",408],["Returned refugees",1586]]
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Sri Lanka

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Operational environment

UNHCR 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 priorities

In 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.