Sudan to Further Improve Refugee Situations, Work Closer with Aid Groups

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The Sudanese government will further improve the conditions of the refugees and provide them with the necessary services, according to instructions given by the First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih.

This came during a meeting between Salih and the Minister of Interior Hamid Mannan and the State Minister of Interior Babiker Digna. The trio discussed refugee conditions in Sudan and the field visits to refugee camps.

Salih has instructed to achieve closer coordination with aid groups and improve the services at the refugee camps.

In his address before the refugee solidarity summit in Uganda last month, Sudan’s Vice President Hassabo Mohamed Abdel-Rahman said Sudan hosts more than 3 million refugees from the neighbouring countries.

Last April, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said over 85,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since the beginning of 2017, expecting the number to reach 180,000 refugees by the end of the year. The UNHCR also says that Sudan is currently hosting about a quarter -25 percent- of the South Sudanese refugees in the region.

Also, Sudan hosts thousands of Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees at camps in the eastern states.

The Sudanese authorities have allowed entry of Syrians and Yemenis fleeing the civil war. According to the Committee for the Support of Syrian Families in Sudan, a private, nonprofit organization, about 300 Syrians arrive at the Khartoum airport from Syria every month, while a greater number arrive from Jordan and Lebanon, which impose tough restrictions on entry and residency by Syrians. Syrians can easily enter and live in Sudan.  Sudan doesn’t charge Syrians residency fees, unlike other Arab countries, which imposes fees that can amount to hundreds of dollars each year for Syrians to continue to live legally. Sudan also makes it easy for Syrians to come and go as they wish and free primary and secondary education in government schools.