UNHCR Monthly Operational Update: Kakuma Camp & Kalobeyei Settlement, Kenya (1 – 31 January 2019)

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Jan 2019

188,582 Refugees and asylum seekers registered in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement as of 5 February 2019.

922 New arrivals refugees and asylum seekers registered since the beginning of January 2019.

4,278 Individuals assisted to return to their home countries since February 2016.


7,165 Households in Kalobeyei received Cash for Core Relief Items (soap and sanitary towels)

3,622 Learners admitted to join various secondary schools in Kakuma and Kalobeyei

1,323 Refugees and asylum seekers scheduled an appointment with UNHCR through KASI in January 2019

Update on Achievements


Advance vocational training empowers refugees and Kenyans in Kalobeyei Settlement: Over 300 refugees and Kenyans in Kalobeyei have acquired advanced vocational skills, recognised in Kenya and across the border. Vocational skills training equips refugees and Kenyans with vital market-oriented skills that enable them to be selfsufficient. Kalobeyei settlement offers refugees and Kenyans an opportunity to be selfsufficient and an enabling environment to learn new skills and pursue economic activities. https://www.unhcr.org/ke/14936-advance-vocational-training-empowers-refu...

Top Refugee Students Receive Equity Bank Secondary Education Scholarship: Refugees from Kakuma camp are among the over 10,000 bright but needy students to receive the coveted Wings to Fly Scholarship. The scholars will also receive mentorship and leadership training during their four-year secondary school journey to equip them with life skills that will transform them into leaders. Inclusion of refugees in the Wings to Fly scholarship is a good example of integration in the national system, thereby realizing the dream of Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. https://www.unhcr.org/ke/14910-top-refugee-students-receive-equity-bank-...

From Press:

Turkana County is a study in how to treat refugees: Turkana’s current County Integrated Development Plan spells out how the host and refugee communities will develop together, with an appropriate allocation of resources and in collaboration with development partners, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders. https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/analysis/ideas/Turkana-County-is-a-s...