Analysis: COVID-19 Socioeconomic Impact Worsens For Refugees in Uganda
Uganda is Africa’s largest refugee hosting nation, where 1.45 million refugees mostly from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Somalia live. The country has a generous policy towards displaced persons: its 2006 Refugee Act guarantees refugees the right to work, freedom of movement and the right to live in settlements rather than in refugee camps.
The country’s progressive approach has enabled the inclusion of refugees in Uganda Refugee High Frequency Phone Surveys (URHFPS) by UNHCR, the World Bank, and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. The URHFPS tracked the impacts of the pandemic on a roughly monthly basis across three rounds between October/November 2020 and February/March 2021. The survey results are presented in Monitoring Socio-economic Impacts of Covid-19 on Refugees in Uganda (Round 1, 2, and 3). URHFPS was conducted in parallel with the COVID-19 High Frequency Phone Survey of Ugandan population, which enables us to compare the impact of COVID-19 on households in both groups.
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