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Kenya’s refugee policy faces familiar obstacles

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Significance

This is not the first time Kenya has taken aim at the refugee camps it hosts; it has been pushing to close them since 2013.

Impacts

  • COVID-19-related movement restrictions have already complicated existing returns programmes and would hamper any new plans.
  • Refugees contribute strongly to local economies and any viable returns plan will need to consider how to support former host communities.
  • The threat of closure will create fear among refugee communities, as Kenya has the capacity to make their lives uncomfortable.
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