The government of Kenya has indicated its move to close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps by the end of June 2022.
On Thursday, the country made its formal communication regarding the closure of the camps to the UN Refugee Agency.
The Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said that repatriation of refugees to countries of origin and socioeconomic integration of some of them through Work/Residence Permits is among the roadmap that the government will undertake to ensure that the mission is successful.
The CS was accompanied by his Foreign Affairs counterpart Raychelle Omamo.
This comes following the UNHCR plan of action in line with Kenya’s request, detailing a roadmap to the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps.
The UN Refugee Agency had earlier said that it wants enhanced voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity.
The agency also wants the provision of alternative-stay arrangements to refugees from the East African Community (EAC).
“This would represent a major opportunity for refugees to become self-reliant and contribute to the local economy,” UNHCR’s Representative in Kenya Fathiaa Abdalla had said.
They also want an acceleration of the issuing of national ID cards to over 11,000 Kenyans who have previously been identified as registered in the refugee database, and continuation of the vetting process for others in similar circumstances.