Ethiopia hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa. There are some 889,000 refugees. 58% of refugees are under 18.? As of 31 October, Gambella region hosts the largest refugee population, at 399,061 refugees. ??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. ? Ethiopia has launched the civil registration of refugees, a significant development for refugee protection in Ethiopia.? As of December Ethiopia has announced it will close all 27 refugee camps over the next 10 years and integrate refugees into society.?
South Sudan: 399,917 South Sudanese refugees as of 30 November. ?69% are under 18, 13,834 unaccompanied and separated minors. A lack of transitional shelter is the biggest challenge.?
Somalia: Approximately 252,385 Somali refugees as of 30 September. ?
Eritrea: More than 161,398 Eritrean refugees as of 7 June. ? 17,000 Eritreans have arrived in Ethiopia so far this year, compared with just 7,000 in all of 2016.?? ?
Sudan: 41,588 registered refugees from Sudan as of 7 June. ?
Yemen: 1,670 registered refugees from Yemen as of 7 June. ?
Other Nationalities: More than 5,800 refugees from other countries in Ethiopia as of 7 June. ?