Kenya pushes date to close Daadab refugee camp to next year

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Daadab refugee camp will not be closed on 23rd May like the Kenyan government had threatened before. The plans have now been pushed to June next year, after a series of negotiations between the government and the UNHCR.

Interior CS Fred Matiangi is today meeting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, where it expected the Kenyan government will request a detailed framework and a roadmap to meet the new non-negotiable, June 30th, 2022 deadline.

The UN is expected to repatriate approximately 20, 000 Somalis every month, over the next 12 months from Daadab, to complete the relocation of over 274, 299 Somalian refugees.

”We are willing to listen to guidance but we must bring this to an end. Refugee camps are not permanent features, they are supposed to be temporary facilities. How can we continue shouldering the burden for three decades?” Dr. Matiang’í asked in a past meeting with the UNHCR team.

Meanwhile, close to 4,000 Somalis have volunteered to return home and are expected to leave Daadab on May 5. Countries like the United States and Canada have accepted to take in some of the refugees. 

Out of the  512,494 refugees in Kenya, there are 224,462 Somalis in Dadaab and 206,458 in Kakuma.

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