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UNHCR Global Appeal 2015 Update - Kenya

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Overview | Working environment

  • Regional political and security developments, climate change, and the resulting impact on human lives and livelihoods, are projected to affect humanitarian programmes and refugee operations in Kenya.

  • For the third year in a row, Kakuma camp, in Turkana County, has been receiving record numbers of refugees from South Sudan. The Government of Kenya decided, on humanitarian grounds, to grant refugee status on a prima facie basis to South Sudanese fleeing violence in the country.
    By late August 2014, there were more than 42,000 new arrivals in Kakuma. Failing a lasting cease fire and peace and reconciliation in South Sudan, the steady infux into Kenya is likely to continue into 2015.

  • By the end of August 2014, Kakuma camp was unable to accommodate new arrivals; consequently, UNHCR has been seeking to secure new land for its operations in Turkana County. Meanwhile, fresh resources and strategic partners are needed to develop, deliver and sustain quality protection and humanitarian solutions for both protracted and new populations of concern, with particular attention to the signi cant numbers of unaccompanied and separated children.

  • A tripartite agreement signed in November 2013 governs the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya. This, coupled with ongoing efforts to consolidate peace, security and basic service delivery, and boost livelihood opportunities, are expected to encourage sustainable returns and reintegration.

  • In 2015, the country’s strong humanitarian traditions of generosity and hospitality towards asylum-seekers and refugees are expected to continue. Government and host-community support include: the preservation of and access to asylum and international protection; access to adequate land and urban asylum space for a growing population of concern; and access to effective basic services, including health care, quality education, markets and livelihood opportunities.