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Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya - UNHCR Dadaab Bi-weekly Update, 16-31 March 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

Voluntary repatriation

During the period under review, 3,786 refugees were supported to return to their homes in Somalia.
As of 31st March, 59,829 Somali refugees returned home since 8th December 2014, when UNHCR started supporting voluntary return of Somali refugees in Kenya, out of which 20,515 were supported in 2017 alone. Currently, 21,940 refugees are actively registered for voluntary repatriation.

Road convoys were organized from Dadaab to Dhobley respectively on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Flights to Mogadishu have resumed on 27th February after a long suspension due to security restrictions in Mogadishu since December 2016.

  • A live radio talk show on a local radio station continues to be organized for some selected delegates to widely share their experience and give feedback to the refugee community. More debriefing and information sharing sessions are planned in all camps and during which refugee representatives are expected to share first-hand information on conditions prevailing in Baidoa and Kismayo with their fellow refugees.

Relocation to Kakuma: in the last half of March alone, 266 individuals composed of 60 families have been relocated to Kalobeyei, Turkana County .So far, a total of 4,719 individuals in 1,300 households have been relocated. 4,508 individuals from 1,237 families were relocated this year alone. A total of 1,002 cases approached the Relocation Help Desk, out of which, only 465 individuals have expressed their willingness to be relocated, 526 refused and 11 individuals are not sure. The total population of Non-Somalis who have not yet approached the Relocation Held Desk stands at 6,247 individuals/1726 families.