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Somalia: Armed Conflict

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people who have left (a) Mogadishu and (b) Somalia because of the conflict there. (199446)

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimate that 64,000 Somalis have been forced to leave their homes in Mogadishu during 2008. This is in addition to the 700,000 people displaced from Mogadishu during 2007.

UNHCR also estimate that since 1 January 2008, approximately 15,000 Somalis have sought asylum in neighbouring countries. Provisional UNHCR estimates are that as of the end of 2006 there were 464,253 Somali refugees.