Friday, April 30, 2021 – The Government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, through Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, has struck a deal over the closure of the Dadaab and Kakuma refugees’ camps with the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi.

In a statement yesterday, the CS noted that the two agreed that the closure exercise should be finalised by June 2022.

He further noted that the affected individuals had the option of being repatriated or would get free work permits to continue living in Kenya.

“Hosted Commissioner Filippo Grandi today to communicate our roadmap for the closure of Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps by June 30, 2022.”

“A team of officials from GoK and the UN Refugee agency will fast track the process set to begin on May 5 2022.

“Our brothers from the East Africa Community residing in the camps will have an option of repatriation or free work permits to carve out a living anywhere in the country, thus contributing to our nation’s social-economic growth,” Matiang’i’s statement read in part.

This comes a day after the United States Department of State revealed that over the past one year, it had provided nearly Ksh10 billion to Kenya for refugee protection.

“The U.S. has provided nearly Ksh10 billion for refugee protection and humanitarian assistance to help Kenya as it provides regional leadership by hosting refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and elsewhere,” read the statement.

The government of Kenya had given the UNHCR a 14-day ultimatum on March 24, to come up with a road map on the definite closure.


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