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UNHCR Somalia Repatriation Update, 1-30 June 2018

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Over 819,000 Somalis are living outside their county as asylum-seekers and refugees. The majority (767,500) live in neighbouring countries of Ethiopia (256,000), Kenya (255,500) and Yemen (256,000). UNHCR strives to find durable solutions for Somali refugees to enable them to rebuild their lives either in the country of asylum, resettle to a third country or by supporting voluntary return. So far, UNHCR has assisted 83,669 refugees to return to Somalia in safety and dignity from nine different countries of asylum.


During the period under review, 825 Somali refugees returned from Kenya (655), Yemen (141),
Tunisia (28) and Ukraine (one). Since the beginning of the voluntary return programme, on 8 December 2014, 83,669 Somalis have repatriated to Somalia.

  • As of 30 June 2018, UNHCR also recorded 35,622 Somalis who returned from Yemen spontaneously, out of whom 186 returned in June (1,446 in 2018).

  • In the first half of 2018, 6,932 Somali refugees have repatriated, representing eight per cent of the total refugees who have repatriated. The majority returned from Kenya (79 per cent), followed by Yemen (17 per cent), Libya (three per cent) and some from other countries of asylum.