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Dadaab, Kakuma camps will be closed by June 30, 2022 – KBC

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Kenya has officially contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for its decision to close the Dadaab and Kakuma camps by June 30, 2022.

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The government has at the same time said that among the introductory activities on the road map are the repatriation of refugees to the countries of origin and the economic and economic integration of some of them through Work / Residence permits.

A few days before the talks, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi had said Kenya would not shut down the two camps but would seek a solution.

“The Kenyan government is not closing the camps but wants to find a solution, to see what the way forward is,” Grandi said.

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Grandi is visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi to assess the current refugee problems.

On April 8, Kenya’s supreme court suspended the government’s decision to shut down two camps that hold hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn neighboring countries.

Kenya’s interior ministry had paid the UN refugee agency 14 days to come up with a plan to close the camps, saying there was “no room for further talks.”

The interior minister at the time said that the demands could not be discussed, noting that the camps were a threat to the country, citing espionage of terrorist attacks planned from two camps.

In a statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees acknowledged the concerns of the Kenyan authorities and expressed “gratitude to the people and the Government of Kenya for welcoming refugees and asylum seekers for decades and recognizing the impact that this generosity has had.”

The UNHCR, however, said it was ready to assist the Government of Kenya in continuing and strengthening the work that continues to find solutions that are orderly, sustainable, and respect the rights of refugees.

The closure of the two largest refugee camps in the world at that time was received with mixed feelings at home and abroad.

The Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya holds more than 200,000 refugees mainly from Somalia, which has not known peace since the ouster of longtime dictator Siad Barre in 1991.

The Kakuma camp in northern Kenya is home to about 200,000 refugees and asylum seekers, most of them from South Sudan’s civil war.

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