- UNHCR attended a two day meeting with the East African Secretariat. The meeting was called to discuss the East Africa Community (EAC) refugee management policy. Among the issues discussed was the need for the EAC to borrow good practices from ECOWAS. The meeting raised issues regarding the impact of hosting refugees on services, the environment and the need to recognize the contribution of first responders among others. Challenges of naturalization for protracted caseloads mainly as a result of administrative barriers were also noted. Further, issues regarding rejected claims to asylum were raised and it was recommended that it is necessary to cover the gaps in legislation which are silent in this area. It was highlighted that there was a need to provide temporary protection for cases in mixed migration situations pending determination of their status.
Monthly Trend of Asylum Seekers
- During the reporting period, a total of 1,352 new asylum seekers were registered at the Refugee Desk in Kampala including 890 Somalis and 288 Eritreans. The figure is reduced by approximately 400 individuals compared to January 2019.
- 4,632 new arrivals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were recorded in the South West and Mid-West of the country, which shows a slightly higher number than last month.
- 3,939 new arrivals from South Sudan were reported in Arua and Adjumani districts. The reasons for their displacement included violence and insecurity, human rights violations, as well as lack of access to humanitarian assistance and basis service.
- 460 Burundian asylum seekers were newly registered in Nakivale settlement owing to continuous insecurity and request for family reunification.