Nearly half a million registered Somali refugees in Kenya will get support when they return to their homeland in an orderly fashion – it they choose to do so – under an tripartite agreement signed Sunday by the UN refugee agency and the governments of Kenya and Somalia. The agreement establishes a legal framework and other support for Somali refugees in Kenya who might eventually wish to return to their homeland.
In the five camps that make up the Dadaab refugee camp complex in north-eastern Kenya, there are more than 388,000 Somali refugees. There are 54,000 Somali refugees in Kakuma camp in north-western Kenya and 32,500 living in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for a precise total of 474,483.
“It’s very important to underline that no one is forcing Somalis to leave Kenya,” said Raouf Mazou, UNHCR’s representative in Kenya. “The government and people of Kenya have tirelessly provided protection and assistance to Somali refugees for two decades. The agreement we signed on Sunday does not mean Kenya is no longer willing to do so.”
For more information and the text of the Tripartite Agreement, see here.