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


Latest update of camps and office locations: October 2017. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

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Budgets and Expenditure in Subregion South Asia

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2016 {"categories":[2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018],"budget":[38.83990516,38.01255843,40.155756026,31.13609019,28.76000594,27.68336743],"expenditure":[21.59224672,20.09817583,21.52481164,15.50899342,null,null]} {"categories":[2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018],"p1":[30.53528496,31.38118692,30.414702728,29.54724963,28.10893557,26.85531858],"p2":[1.59597114,2.33688426,2.015722658,0.79978432,0.65107037,0.82804885],"p3":[4.25807955,3.0300486,2.52347713,null,null,null],"p4":[2.45056951,1.26443865,5.20185351,0.78905624,null,null]} {"categories":[2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018],"p1":[18.64725819,18.17582881,15.66072641,14.42512168,null,null],"p2":[0.77786737,0.46339643,0.47847665,0.50810053,null,null],"p3":[1.21656801,0.49188202,0.49332446,null,null,null],"p4":[0.95055315,0.96706857,4.89228412,0.57577121,null,null]}
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People of Concern - 2018 [projected]

[["Refugees",222716],["Asylum-seekers",10370],["IDPs",28000],["Returned IDPs",6000],["Returned refugees",6000],["Others of concern",645]]
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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. The main populations of concern to UNHCR in the subregion include nearly 200,000 refugees and asylum-seekers of various origins living in India (of whom 24,500 are registered with UNHCR); 23,500 refugees and asylum-seekers in Nepal, including 8,000 refugees from Bhutan still residing in two camps; and 650 refugees and asylum-seekers and 37,000 IDPs in Sri Lanka.
The main protection challenges faced by refugees in the sub region include the lack of sustainable livelihoods as well as limited access to documentation and specialized services for people with specific needs.  UNHCR cooperates with the concerned governments in the subregion, as well as NGOs and other stakeholders to protect, assist, and find durable solutions for refugees and other people of concern. In close coordination with governments, UNHCR continues to provide protection and assistance, focusing on the most vulnerable — women, children, elderly, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and people with specific needs.
Through stronger partnerships with the concerned governments and non-governmental partners in 2018, UNHCR aims to enhance protection and opportunities for solutions, including through community outreach, strengthening self-reliance and livelihoods, and identifying and facilitating solutions through voluntary return, resettlement and local integration. For instance, UNHCR will continue to expand its partners in Sri Lanka to further support the voluntary repatriation and return of refugees in India in 2018.

2018 Budget for South Asia | USD

Operation Pillar 1
Refugee programme
Pillar 2
Stateless programme
Pillar 3
Reintegration projects
Pillar 4
IDP projects
India 15,633,434181,0000015,814,434
Nepal 6,188,108538,995006,727,104
Sri Lanka 5,033,776108,053005,141,830
Total 26,855,319828,0490027,683,367

2018 Voluntary Contributions to South Asia | USD

Earmarking / Donor Pillar 1
Refugee programme
South Asia overall
United States of America 02,000,000 2,000,000
South Asia overall subtotal 02,000,000 2,000,000
Australia 0347,868 347,868
European Union 475,2200 475,220
Nepal subtotal 475,220347,868 823,088
Total 475,2202,347,868 2,823,088