Operation: Opération: Ethiopia



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
100% of unaccompanied and separated children from Eritrea will have a best interest process initiated or completed 
100% of those whom are identified as being in need of resettlement will be submitted for resettlement 
65% of South Sudanese school age refugee children will be enrolled in primary education 
<15% the percentage of Somali refugees who suffer from acute malnutrition will be reduced or kept below 15 per cent of the population
2015 end-year results
0.2 /1,000/month: the under-5 mortality rate; well within the range of international standards (<1.5/1,000/month) 
16.7 litres of water were made available per refugee/day on average; 6 out of 24 camps met the standard of 20 litres/person/day
9,005 best interest assessments were conducted  
53% of primary school-aged children were enrolled in primary education
7,863 transitional shelters were provided

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 739,156
2014 665,240
2013 435,903


[["Refugees",736086],["Asylum-seekers",2131],["Returned refugees",5],["Others of concern",934]]
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Year-end Overview

Working environment

The Government of Ethiopia has an open door policy for refugees. It, however, maintains reservations to the 1951 Convention regarding the right to work and freedom of movement for refugees living in Ethiopia.  In 2016, localised security incidents affected the operation in Gambella region. Violent protests that erupted in the Amhara and Oromia regions led to the declaration of a six month State of Emergency across the country in October 2016. Ethiopia is also experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades and the negative impact is anticipated to reverberate into 2017. 

Key priorities

In 2017 UNHCR’s operation will focus on:
•    safeguarding the institution of asylum, mainstreaming protection into all programmes; 
•    support access into services for people of concern; 
•    active pursuit of durable solutions and provision of alternatives to onward movements; and
•    development of innovative, more cost-effective and sustainable ways to deliver basic services, including life-saving activities.

Critical gaps include:
•    Some 50 per cent of school-age refugee children are estimated to be out of school on average (i.e., 46 per cent at primary level and 93 per cent at secondary level).
•    Due to limited resources, 15 additional health facilities, which are needed to provide sufficient coverage, will not be constructed. 
•    50 per cent of the refugee population is without adequate household latrines. In most of the camps, provision of minimum 20 litres of water per person (standard) cannot be achieved.
•    Malnutrition rates remain high, because contributing factors are not adequately addressed (provision of sufficient clean water, sanitation, food rations, household energy).
•    95 per cent of refugee youth will remain without access to targeted nutrition programmes.