The Ministry of Interior KENYA, and UNHCR have agreed on the refugee repatriation road map in a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and UN Refugees boss Fillipo Grandi.
Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiangi and Rachael Omamo meet UNHCR Commissioner Fillipo Grandi on Govt plan to close Kakuma and Dadaab camps by June 30.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior, the process of repatriating majority of the refugees to their home countries has already kicked off while the remaining ones will be accommodated through Work and Residence Permits.
The government had given UNHCR 14 days to come up with a plan for closure, saying there was no room for further negotiations to have the two camps located in the Northern Kenya open. The two camps, Kakuma and Dadaab hosts to a tune of 500,000 refugees.
According CS Matiang’i , the two camps containing refugees from Somalia, South Sudan are becoming a security issue and their closure is non negotiable.
“There is no room for negotiation. We must strike a balance between Kenya’s international obligation and her domestic duties. We do have a domestic responsibility to protect Kenya,” Matiang’i said in a letter to UNHCR representative to Kenya Fadhilaa Addala.
The government also expressed it’s displeasure from other countries failing to lend a hand in managing the over 500, 000 refugees in the country.