Operation: Opération: Burundi



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% primary healthcare access coverage will be reached for refugees and asylum-seekers
100% of refugee and asylum-seeker women will be provided with hygienic supplies
85% of refugee and asylum-seeking children will be registered in primary school
1,200 Burundian families will receive domestic appliances, including blankets and cooking utensils, upon return
18 liters of water, in average, will be available daily for each refugee and asylum seeker  
2015 end-year results
8,387 children were enrolled in primary education
2,887 households requiring basic and domestic items received relevant support
4,960 women received sanitary materials
1,200 people of concern obtained shelter support

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2015 84,399
2014 138,111
2013 134,374


[["Refugees",53363],["Asylum-seekers",2931],["IDPs",25000],["Returned IDPs",1144],["Returned refugees",14],["Stateless",1302],["Others of concern",645]]
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Year-end Overview

Working environment

UNHCR declared Burundi a Level 2 emergency in May 2015 when political conflict caused over 200,000 person to flee to neighbouring countries. It is expected that some of these people will return to Burundi in the course of 2017. In 2017 UNHCR and its partners plan to assist 80,000 refugees, 25,000 internally displaced people, and 25,000 spontaneous returns.  Between 10,000 and 50,000 asylums-seekers are estimated to arrive following the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reservation to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees remains, although in April 2015, the Government adopted two bills relating to the 1954 and 1961 Conventions regarding statelessness. UNHCR maintains strategic partnerships and closely collaborates with the Burundian Government, other United Nations agencies and a range of partners with regard to national programmes. 

Key priorities

In 2017, the operation will focus on:

•    Ensuring access to asylum procedures;
•    Protection against refoulement; 
•    Upholding the civilian character of camps;
•    Promoting empowerment through income-generating activities;
•    Working with the Government to encourage the integration of persons of concern in public schools and the adoption of the national curriculum in Burundian schools. 

Funding shortfalls would have a significant impact on protection activities. The security of the people of concern in the camps will be at risk in if there is no regular presence of police officer to ensure that activities of assistance and protection are provided and the civilian and humanitarian character of the camps is maintained.