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Ethiopia hosts over 823,000 refugees and asylum seekers predominantly from South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea. The majority lives in 24 refugee camps established across five regional states. Over 70,000 others also reside in the capital Addis Ababa as urban refugees. 47% of the refugees are women and girls, while 59% are children. Ethiopia also has 4.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and over 1.5 million IDP returnees, largely resulting from the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia and localized conflicts and tensions in different parts of the country.

With a representation office in Addis Ababa, UNHCR has a robust field presence including in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali and Tigray regions as well as in the eastern city of Dire Dawa. The Ethiopia operation focuses on emergency response to the different IDP situations, addressing protection needs of refugees and promoting their self-reliance in line with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).

Additional information

For information about our work in Ethiopia:

Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Ethiopia, 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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Office contact details

For information about our operation in Ethiopia, please contact us through our Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.