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As of 30 November 2021, Uganda hosts over 1.5 million refugees and asylum-seekers mainly from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi and is the country hosting the most refugees in sub-Saharan Africa.

Over 80% of refugees are hosted in 13 districts in the North and South-Western regions and in the capital Kampala. They live in villages known as settlements, where they co-exist with communities that host them. This approach, combined with progressive refugee laws and freedoms, provide refugees in Uganda with significant prospects for dignity and self-reliance.

In coordination with the government, UNHCR and partners continue to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees in Uganda and support efforts towards a comprehensive refugee response.

Uganda implements the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), emphasizing the inclusion of refugees into national systems, particularly in the education, health and livelihoods sectors.

Additional information

For information about our work in Uganda:

Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Uganda, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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