Hon. Eng. Hillary Onek

Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees

 

Hon. Musa Ecweru

Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees

Mr. Apollo David Kazungu

Commissioner/Refugee Management

Objective:

To be responsible for all administrative matters of refugees in Uganda; and in that capacity, co-ordinate inter-ministerial and NGO activities and programmes relating to refugees.

Outputs:

  1. Receive and document refugees and asylum seekers
  2. Facilitate process for refugee status determination
  3. Settle refugees
  4. Coordinate actors providing services for refugees and host communities
  5. Support efforts for voluntary repatriation of refugees
  6. Advise on policies and represent Government at international conventions relating to refugee matters

Key Activities

  • Coordinating refugee actors in Uganda, in accordance with the laws and regulations
  • Receiving and profiling asylum seekers
  • Registering refugees
  • Issuing identity cards and travel documents to refugees
  • Coordinating Refugee Eligibility Committee Sessions that determine refugee status
  • Coordinating the Refugee Appeals Board
  • Advising the Government and the Eligibility Committee on policy and other matters relating to refugees
  • Acquiring land to settle refugees
  • Managing government property in refugee settlements
  • Managing settlement land
  • Ensuring maintenance of law and order in refugee settlements
  • Providing physical protection to refugees
  • Coordinating the provision of services for refugees and refugee hosting communities
  • Monitoring of activities implemented by partners within the refugee response
  • Advising UNHCR and other organizations on implementation of refugee programmes
  • Identifying and initiating projects for refugees and refugee hosting communities
  • Promoting and participating in inter-state and regional initiatives for voluntary repatriation of refugees
  • Advising the Government on international and regional conventions and obligations relating to refugees
  • Coordinating the formulation and operationalization of the refugee policy and regulations
  • Promoting Uganda’s regional and international cooperation on refugee matters with other countries and international organizations
  • Organizing National Coordination Mechanism for Migration (NCM) meetings and activities

Key Achievements

  1. Received and documented refugees and asylum seekers
  • 100% of asylum seekers promptly profiled
  • 100% of refugees in Uganda registered
  • 80% of refugee (≥17 years) issued identity cards at any given time
  • 100% refugee requests for Conventional Travel Documents assessed accordingly
  1. Facilitated process for refugee status determination
  • Over 20 Refugee Eligibility Committee weekly sessions conducted annually to determine refugee status
  • Average of 8000 refugee applications assessed by REC annually
  • Over 12 Refugee Appeals Board (RAB) operational sessions conducted annually
  • Over 360 refugee appeals assessed by RAB annually
  • Over 80 asylum applications annually rejected by RAB and referred to Immigration for deportation.
  1. Settled refugees in Uganda
  • 13 Refugee Settlements gazetted for settling refugees
  • 209,224 total acres acquired for settling refugees: West Nile (131,954)/South West (77,270) regions
  • 268,825 total plots demarcated
  • 1,344,125 refugees settled on gazetted land (May 2021 statistics)
  • 3 settlement had government buildings renovated (office, staff accommodation repairs in Nakivale, Kyaka II and Rwamwanja refugee settlements, through Government Project Budget Support
  • 2 zonal partial survey for systematic settlement planning conducted in Kyangwali and Nakivale settlements
  • Government property in all the 13 refugee settlements well managed
  • 6 land titles acquired for all Government land where refugee are settled
  • law and order maintained in the 13 refugee settlements
  1. Coordinated actors providing services for refugees and host communities
  • Over 221 partners (103 international/118 local) coordinated annually to provide refugees and host communities’ services
  • An Inter-ministerial mission conducted annually for the line ministries to participate in technical performance review exercise for refugee partnership
  • 1 partnership review meeting conducted annually to disseminate partners’ performance in implementation of refugee activities
  • The Uganda Refugee Response Monitoring System (URRMS) developed and operationalized to monitor progress of implementation by refugee response partners in Uganda
  • 3 projects initiated (KFW-RRF, DRDIP and JICA expertise) for infrastructural development, environment and capacity building interventions in refugee settlements and hosting communities
  • 500 households (300 Refugees/200 host communities) in Adjumani and Rwamwanja provided with 100,000 tree and 4,000 assorted grafted seedlings, through Government Project Budget Support
  • Developed the Settlement Transformative Agenda (2016-21) as a guiding framework annexing development into humanitarian responses
  1. Supported voluntary repatriation for refugees
  • 4 Inter-ministerial repatriation commissions convened annually
  • 231 Burundian Refugees voluntary repatriated in October 2020
  1. Advised on policy matters and represent Government at international conventions relating to refugee matters
  • Participated at UN-EXCOM, show-casing Uganda refugee response success and as a resource mobilization drive forum
  • Maintained annual subscribes to IOM as a commitment to Government
  • Bi-annual National Coordination Mechanism for Migration (NCM) organized
Uganda Refugee Response Monitoring System
CRRF
DRDIP