Stiff rules slow de-registration of Kenyans from refugee database

Published: 22/Nov/2019
Source: The Star (Nairobi)


Stringent rules for the de-registration of Garissa and Wajir residents whose fingerprints appear in the UNCHR refugee database are slowing the process.  The rules could also lock out some citizens who do not possess some of the requirements.

For instance, one is required to produce an alien card or any document showing that one registered as a refugee.  The applicant must be accompanied by both parents who must have their ID cards. In the absence of the parents, one is required to come with a close relative from the parents’ lineage.  In some cases, the food rations card is also required as proof that one received help from the UN agency.

Records by the UNHCR put the figure of those affected at 40,000.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019