Road map to close Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps set for June 2022

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR and the Kenyan government have agreed on a repatriation road map for refugees in Kakuma AND Dadaab camps.

But according to the roadmap the camps will be closed by June 2022 including provision for voluntary safe returns of refugees to their home nations.

The announcement by the interior ministry on Thursday comes after a meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi .

Most of the 433,765 refugees and asylum seekers living at the Dadaab and Kamuma camps are from Somalia and South Sudan.

Kenya has said the Dadaab refugee camp near the Somalia border is a source of insecurity.

Some officials have stated that it has been used as a recruiting ground for the armed group al-Shabab and a base for launching violent attacks inside Kenya.

But a high court in 2017 blocked the closure of the Dadaab camp, saying it was not safe for refugees to return to Somalia.

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