During the reporting period, 4,753 refugees were supported to voluntarily return to Somalia by road. In total, as of 31st January, 44,365 Somali refugees had returned home since 8th December 2014, when UNHCR started supporting voluntary return of Somali refugees in Kenya. Road convoys are organized from Dadaab to Dhobley on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Flight transporting returnees to Mogadishu remained temporarily suspended during the month of January 2017 owing to the security situation in Mogadishu during the current presidential election process in Somalia.
During the period under review, the Voluntary Repatriation Cross Border Meeting was held on 31st January hosted by UNHCR Somalia. The key deliberations included interalia discussion on security situation in the 12 areas of return, the impact of drought on repatriation and reintegration process, crossborder peace building projects and enhancing provision of country of origin information as well as monitoring and management of cases of returnees with specific needs.
Relocation to Kakuma
- In the framework of relocating non-Somali refugees from Dadaab to Kakuma/Kalobeyei, a total of 10 flights were organized during the period under review, transporting 1,030 non-Somali refugees to Kalobeyei. As at 29th January, the total number of persons relocated to Kakuma/Kalobeyei was 1,241.