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With 87 South Sudanese refugee arrivals a day, Uganda’s Adjumani District offers important lessons for alternatives to camps

(1 July 2015)  While Europe squabbles over the acceptance of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers arriving over the Mediterranean, over the past year 154,134 refugees of South Sudanese origin alone have been assisted in Uganda, with Adjumani District receiving around 87 new arrivals every day. Despite the fact that Adjumani is itself recovering from decades of conflict, national and local officials and the host population are finding ways to accommodate refugees both inside and out of the camps.

Almost a year since the launch of UNHCR’s Policy on Alternatives to Camps, research undertaken by IRRI, “South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani District, Uganda: Telling a new story? explores both the factors that compel refugees to remain within a camp structure, and those that enable them to move outside.

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Rights in Exile Newsletter
Issue 61, July 2015

ISSN 2049-2650

In this issue:

Featured Articles

South Africa: A radical move to allow the public and the media access to the Refugee Appeal Board’s proceedings in appropriate cases

The case of the wandering Chadian

Australia and Europe: Failing the world’s refugees

APRRN Statement: Japan’s review of their refugee status determination system raises new concerns

Short Pieces

The future of refugees in Egypt

Thirty-two Eritreans at risk of forced return from Sudan

UNHCR deeply concerned about abduction of asylum-seekers in eastern Sudan

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Burundi pushed to the brink in the run up to elections

(25 June 2015) An extremely tense environment in Burundi, which escalated after President Nkurunziza announced his bid for a third term in late April, is being pushed to the brink as the country prepares for municipal and legislative elections on Monday 29 June. Two weeks later, the presidential elections are due to be held. The government continues to insist on moving ahead with election process despite calls by the Burundian opposition, the East African Community (EAC), the African Union, the European Union and others for a delay.

The AU has declared that the elections should be held on a timetable in which “the date of the election shall be set by consensus between the Burundian parties”, and the EU has said that “[b]oth the EAC and the AU have clearly declared that conditions conducive to the holding of elections are not currently in place.

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A Jump into the Unknown: What do Elections mean for Burundi

(1 July 2015) Burundians have just finished the elections of local council members and parliamentarians. These elections happened in a context of political crisis triggered by the decision of President Nkurunziza to run for a third term. The opposition argued that Nkurunziza is not allowed to stand for another term while his party insisted that he was allowed to run especially following a decision by the Constitutional Court supporting this position. What do these elections mean for Burundi?

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