• Crisis Severity ?
    3.1
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    3.3
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    3.4
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    2.7
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    2.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 1,583,000 People affected [?]

Overview

24/06/2022

Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa, with more than 1.5 million refugees and asylum seekers. The majority of the refugees are from South Sudan and DRC.?Thirteen of Uganda’s 135 districts host most of the refugees. The vast majority (92%) live in refugee settlements, primarily in the Northern and Western regions.?

Uganda is committed to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, and an open-door policy for refugees. Although refugees in Uganda are granted freedom of movement, the right to work and establish businesses, and the right to access public services such as education, their needs are still high. The poverty rate for the refugee population is higher than for the host communities (51% of refugees are considered poor). In addition, there is tension between the refugee and host communities, due to competition over natural resources and the perception that refugees are prioritised for humanitarian assistance.?

Latest Developments

31/05/2022

No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.

Key Priorities

24/06/2022

Food security: Most households in refugee settlements are facing high levels of food insecurity due to poverty, limited access to livelihood opportunities and reduced food rations. ?

Protection: Around 56,000 refugee children are at risk of physical, emotional and sexual violence, child labour, and child marriage. Some of them have become separated from their guardians.?

Impact of Covid-19

24/06/2022

According to a joint survey (representative of the total refugee population in the country) by UNHCR, the World Bank, and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, refugees in Uganda have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 compared to host communities. Due to the pandemic, Uganda’s refugee population has been affected in various sectors, including employment, food security, and mental health. The unemployment rate for the refugee population rose from 44% in March 2020 to 68% by March 2021. Economic shocks experienced by refugee households, including job losses and failed businesses, forced them to reduce food consumption. Poverty levels among the refugee population have also risen by 6%, resulting in half of them living below the poverty line. As depression rates have risen, suicide rates have also increased by 129% in 2020. ?