Kenya to close refugee camps amid security and economic concerns

“The government of the Republic of Kenya, having taken into consideration its national security interests, has decided that hosting of refugees has to come to an end,” said a statement released by interior ministry official Karanja Kibicho.

Kibicho pointed out that the voluntary repatriation process, which was a result of an agreement signed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Kenyan government and the Somali government in 2013, had been very slow.

The camps that will be shut down are Daadab and Kakuma. There are more than 328,000 refugees in the Daadab refugee camp in eastern Kenya – mostly the Somali refugees escaping an al-Shabab-led Islamist insurgency in their country. The Kakuma camp hosts 190,000 refugees, mostly from South Sudan.

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