According to Lukwago, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA discovered the huge number of undocumented refugees while conducting a refugee profiling study. Lukwago attributes this to Uganda’s open-door refugee policy, which even allows them to stay outside camps.
There are up to 100, 000 undocumented refugees in Kampala City, the
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has revealed. He was launching a report
by Freidrich Ebert Stiftung (FES),
on rural-urban migration.
According to Lukwago, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA discovered the huge number of
undocumented refugees while conducting a refugee profiling study. Lukwago attributes this to Uganda’s open-door refugee policy, which even allows them to stay outside
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He expressed concern that the refugees are not benefiting from
programs meant for them, adding
that KCCA has partnered with open society organizations to provide for the undocumented refugees, noting that the
number is likely to increase because of the ongoing clashes in the Democratic
Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.
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According to the United High Commission for
Refugees, there are over 80,000 registered refugees in Kampala (UNHCR 2020 A). with the largest population comprising Somalians and Congolese.
Amoud Salongo Nyonsiya, a renowned refugee community leader from DRC who has stayed in Uganda since
2012 told URN on the phone that the problem of
undocumented refugees is the biggest challenge they are facing as refugee
He also noted that
there could be more undocumented refugees compared to the number quoted by the
lord mayor. Amoud revealed that most
of the undocumented refugees come from
DRC and South Sudan,
adding most of them originate from cities in their home countries
and can’t stay in refugee camps.
He explained that the main
reason why these refugees are undocumented is fear to be placed in designated
camps, which are closer to their
home countries, and expose them to conditions that displaced them in the first place.
According to the
FES report, 8 in every ten migrants to urban areas, arrived not more than 20 years ago with
Kampala city being the most preferred distention. The immigrants seek better economic opportunities and service delivery.
The report also notes that 5 out of every ten migrants are disappointed
with life in the city versus what they expected to find when they were migrating and feel that the government has “badly” or “fairly badly”
handled the main reasons why they migrated.
Four out of every ten rural immigrants also feel
that issues concerning women such as marginalization or health care are “often
or always” neglected.