Kenya Vetting Some 40,000 People Who Want to Shed Refugee Status at Dadaab Camp

Published: 26/Nov/2019
Source: Voice of America (VOA)

By Mohammed Yusuf

NAIROBI – Kenyan authorities have begun a month-long vetting process at the Dadaab refugee camp near Somalia to determine who qualifies as a Somali asylum-seeker and who is a Kenyan citizen.

Thousands of Somalis have called the camp home since 1991, when political instability sparked by the fall of President Siad Barre’s government forced them to flee their country. But a number of Kenyans also call the camp home after escaping the effects of a severe drought.

The Dadaab refugee camp is home to about 200,000 people. The government says they include some 40,000 Kenyans of Somali descent who falsely claimed to be Somali refugees in order to receive free food assistance from aid agencies and eventual passage to the West.

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Themes: Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019