South Asia

Operational information on the South Asia subregion is presented below. A summary of this can also be downloaded in PDF format. This subregion covers the following countries:

Subregion: South Asia


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Budgets and Expenditure in Subregion South Asia

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2018 {"categories":[2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020],"budget":[40.155756026,31.13609019,28.76000594,27.68336743,25.8304421,22.61330129],"expenditure":[21.52481164,15.50899342,16.95236163,14.40133565,null,null]} {"categories":[2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020],"p1":[30.414702728,29.54724963,27.91295062,26.85531858,25.15514074,21.93687565],"p2":[2.015722658,0.79978432,0.84705532,0.82804885,0.67530136,0.67642564],"p3":[2.52347713,null,null,null,null,null],"p4":[5.20185351,0.78905624,null,null,null,null]} {"categories":[2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020],"p1":[15.66072641,14.42512168,16.19245821,13.78850182,null,null],"p2":[0.47847665,0.50810053,0.75990342,0.61283383,null,null],"p3":[0.49332446,null,null,null,null,null],"p4":[4.89228412,0.57577121,null,null,null,null]}
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People of Concern - 2020 [projected]

[["Refugees",209645],["Asylum-seekers",10622],["IDPs",30000],["Returned IDPs",3000],["Returned refugees",4000],["Others of concern",528]]
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Working environment and response in 2020

While not signatories to the 1951 Convention, the Governments of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka continue to offer asylum to a considerable number of refugees and asylum-seekers. The projected number of people of concern in the sub-region in 2020 is expected to be approximately 258,000 people, with UNHCR providing assistance to some 54,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and returnees.  
People of concern will continue to face significant challenges in the sub-region owing to the absence of legal or administrative frameworks allowing for temporary stay, the lack of sustainable livelihoods, and limited services for people with specific needs. Refugees face the risk of arrest and deportation to their countries of origin at times despite being registered with UNHCR.
While continuing to register and recognize refugees and providing assistance to the most vulnerable, UNHCR’s operations in the sub-region will engage a whole of society approach to facilitate inclusion of refugees in social protection, while opening up new opportunities for self-reliance initiatives.
UNHCR continues to pursue solutions for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal and Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu, India. By the end of 2020, UNHCR hopes to have completed operations in eastern Nepal, but will continue to monitor and support Bhutanese refugees from the office in Katmandu.
UNHCR will facilitate repatriation of refugees by air to Sri Lanka but is prepared to provide additional support should an agreement be reached to resume ferry services and hopefully increase the number of people who can return.

2020 Budget for South Asia | USD

Operation Pillar 1
Refugee programme
Pillar 2
Stateless programme
Pillar 3
Reintegration projects
Pillar 4
IDP projects
India 13,172,644159,2490013,331,893
Nepal 5,061,358438,642005,500,000
Sri Lanka 3,702,87478,535003,781,409
Total 21,936,876676,4260022,613,301

2020 Voluntary Contributions to South Asia | USD

Earmarking / Donor Pillar 1
Refugee programme
South Asia overall
United States of America 0700,000 700,000
South Asia overall subtotal 0700,000 700,000
United States of America 0200,000 200,000
Nepal subtotal 0200,000 200,000
Sri Lanka
United States of America 50,0760 50,076
Sri Lanka subtotal 50,0760 50,076
Total 50,076900,000 950,076
Latest contributions
  • 24-MAR-2020

    private donors

  • 20-MAR-2020
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  • 15-MAR-2020

    private donors

  • 13-MAR-2020
  • United States of America
  • 12-MAR-2020

    private donors

  • 10-MAR-2020
  • China
  • Germany
  • 08-MAR-2020

    private donors

  • 04-MAR-2020

    private donors

  • Egypt

    private donors

  • Sweden
  • 02-MAR-2020

    private donors

  • 29-FEB-2020

    private donors

  • Japan

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  • Brazil

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  • Netherlands

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