Uganda: Refugees

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether South Sudanese refugees are returning to South Sudan from Ugandan camps; and what assistance they are providing to South Sudanese refugees still in Uganda.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

According to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 8,347 refugees returned to South Sudan in September 2020. Of these, 3,023 individuals (36%) returned from refugee settlements in Uganda.

There are currently more than 1.4 million refugees in Uganda; about 938,000 (more than 65%) of these are from South Sudan. The UK is one of the largest supporters of refugees in Uganda, providing life-saving protection and assistance. Under our current 5 year, £210 million programme, the UK helps to safely deliver food assistance to more than one million people; provide emergency nutritional and psycho-social support for children traumatised by conflict in their home countries; ensure livelihood opportunities to enable people to build their resilience and become self-reliant; and prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable refugee and host communities.

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