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Kenya tells UN refugee camps will close in June 2022

Kenya now says it has formally communicated to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) that it will close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps on 30 June 2022.

Kenya now says it has formally communicated to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) that it will close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps on 30 June 2022.

Interior Minister Fred Matiang’í made the announcement after meeting the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Thursday.

Mr Matiang’í said a team of officials from the government of Kenya and the UNHCR would fast track the process set to begin on 5 May 2022.

The latest roadmap includes voluntary repatriation or issuing of free work or residence permits for refugees from the East African Community.

In March, the government gave the UN a two-week ultimatum to come up with a roadmap for the closure of the two camps, which host more than 400,000 refugees mostly from Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kenya has been sheltering refugees for more than 30 years, and the government now says its capacity to host them longer under the minimum standards of humanitarian action has been overstretched.

The interior ministry’s top civil servant, Karanja Kibicho, added that the decision to close Dadaab and Kakuma camps by 30 June 2022 was in Kenya’s “public interest”.

Source BBC

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