Ethiopia hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa. There are some 883,775 refugees. 58% of refugees are under 18. As of 30 September, Gambella hosts the largest refugee population, at 397,455 refugees. ?In other regions, as of 4 July there are 212,000 in Melkadida, Somali region, and 55,700 in Assosa, Benishangul-Gumuz region, 37,000 in Jijiga, northeastern Somali region, 34,900 in Samara, Afar region, 37,800 in Shire, Tigray region, 20,000 in Addis Ababa, and 3,800 in Borena. The majority of refugees are in camps. ? Trends show the highest numbers of monthly arrivals between September and December, meaning an increase in arrivals is expected in the coming months.?In Gambella, preparations are underway for a possible renewed influx of South Sudanese refugees in November, when the rainy season ends. ?
South Sudan: 397,455 South Sudanese refugees as of 30 September. ? There has been a significant spike in the number of arrivals in Gambella in recent weeks, with some 24,900 people arriving in September, compared with 4,300 in August. The majority have fled fighting in Upper Nile. This is a larger seasonal increase than last year, when some 15,800 arrived as the rainy season ended. A lack of transitional shelter is the biggest challenge.??
Somalia: As of 15 July, there are approximately 251,393 Somalian refugees, 6,256 of whom arrived this year as of 15 July. 88% of arrivals this year are women and children.?
Eritrea: As of 7 June, there were over 161,398 Eritrean refugees. ? 17,000 Eritreans have arrived in Ethiopia so far this year, compared with just 7,000 in all of 2016.?? ?
Sudan: As of 7 June, 41,588 Sudanese refugees were registered. ?
Yemen: As of 7 June, 1,670 Yemeni refugees were registered. ?
Other Nationalities: There were over 5,800 refugees from other countries in Ethiopia as of 7 June. ?