Kenya: UN starts sorting false from genuine refugees in Dadaab
Source: The Nation (Nairobi)
“We are aware of Kenyans falsely registering as refugees in order to get free services and food” – UN refugee agency spokesman
The United Nations on Monday launched a “verification exercise” to determine how many residents of the Dadaab complex are actually Kenya citizens posing as Somali refugees.
“We are aware of Kenyans falsely registering as refugees in order to get free services and food,” UN refugee agency spokesman Duke Mwancha told the Nation.
The UN currently has no estimate of the size of this segment of Dadaab’s population of 340,000.
But Mr Mwancha says his agency is aiming to specify within two months the number of Kenyans living in the camps under false pretences.
This effort to compile a “clean register” is part of a recent agreement involving the UN and the governments of Kenya and Somalia to facilitate the return of 150,000 Somalis to their homeland by the end of the year.
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