Kenya: Nowhere else to go: Forced returns of Somali refugees from Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya

Index number: AFR 32/5118/2016. On 6 May 2016, the Kenyan government announced its intention to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by 30 November 2016. Dadaab is home to 280,000 refugees, including 260,000 Somali refugees, some of whom have lived there for over two decades. The government’s reasons for the closure of Dadaab include claims that the camp is a threat to national security and that Kenya has received inadequate support from the international community. The report concludes that the Kenyan authorities must immediately halt the forced returns of Somali refugees, and instead look at alternative solutions to hosting refugees, with the support of donors. It also calls on the international community to provide significantly more support to Kenya as a major refugee hosting country, including through increasing resettlement places, and providing funding in support for long-term sustainable solutions.

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