The State of Refugees in Uganda

November 3, 2022

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This report is published by The Citizen Report Uganda under the Refugees and Migration Project alongside Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Special Initiative on Migration and Forced Displacement. The report content reflects the views of the authors and NOT those of The Citizen Report Uganda or Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Uganda’s refugee regime is currently shrouded in opacity. In this report, we seek to understand refugee governance in Uganda. This effort will enable us to answer questions about the legislative framework through which refugees settle in Uganda, such as, who is designated a refugee, migrant settler, or internally displaced person? Who funds refugee protection and management programs, and which programs are being prioritized in the funding schemes?

Refugees were designated as a vulnerable group in need of protection in the aftermath of the Second World War in the 1951 Convention for Refugees. But before this, different types of displacement and migration were happening across the globe. However, the formal designation of a group as one that is vulnerable and in need of protection shifted the legal landscape and responsibilities of countries that became part of the 1951 Convention. Different countries have taken on the role of hosting refugees and Uganda currently sits in the top 5 refugee-hosting countries in the world. In this report, we assess what it means for Uganda to host refugees. Here, we look at the history of refugees in Uganda, funding for refugees, laws and regulations governing refugees, and the different ways that Uganda deals with refugees.

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