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South Sudan

South Sudan hosts some 330,000 refugees and asylum-seekers (mainly from Sudan) and has 2 million internally displaced persons due to conflict, insecurity and the impact of climate change. In addition, over 500,000 South Sudanese refugees have returned to the country since the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in 2018. South Sudan’s refugee crisis remains the largest in Africa, with over 2.3 million South Sudanese refugees generously hosted in neighbouring countries, mainly Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

Under the Refugee Coordination Model, UNHCR has built partnerships with governmental, humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors to provide multisectoral assistance. This includes protection, education and livelihood support to refugees, IDPs, returnees and their hosting communities in seven states in South Sudan. UNHCR is working towards development-focused solutions for refugees and returnees. South Sudan continues to be on the frontline of today’s climate crisis and has been heavily impacted by flooding and food insecurity.

Find more information on our South Sudan emergency page.

Additional information

For information about our work in South Sudan:


Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in South Sudan? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in South Sudan, 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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