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UNHCR Somalia Factsheet - June 2018

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The Gu rainy season has ended and food security has improved significantly compared to the 2016/2017 drought.

Flooding (March-June) and cyclone Sagar (May) affected over one million persons and temporarily displaced 274,000 persons.

Monitoring agencies expect most IDPs will remain in need of emergency humanitarian assistance through 2018.

Major developments

We stand together with refugees

On 20 June, UNHCR commemorated World Refugee Day to show solidarity with refugees and give appreciation to the Somali government for ensuring international protection. UNHCR organized 21 activities in six locations across the country, together with 3,200 refugees and asylum-seekers, returnees, IDPs, members of the host community, federal and state officials, and partners to foster peaceful coexistence and raise awareness on refugee issues.

The fifth highest country of origin of refugees in the world

Somalia is the fifth highest country of origin of refugees in the world, with almost one million Somali refugees worldwide said UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the Global Trends report. As of 30 June, around 3.6 million Somalis were displaced: 2.6 million were displaced internally and almost one million were forced to leave the country. Somalia is also providing international protection to 30,959 refugees and asylum-seekers.

Forced displacement trends

Data from the last three and half years suggests that internal displacement has increased 125 per cent, while 13 per cent less Somalis sought refuge outside the country. During the same period, the number of refugees and asylum-seekers in Somalia increased 70 per cent.