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UNHCR Operational Update - Dadaab, Kenya, 16-28 February 2018

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The first camp in Dadaab was established in 1991. There are 4 camps in Dadaab: Hagadera,
Dagahaley, Ifo and Ifo 2.

Since December 2014, Somali refugees who decide to voluntarily return to their home country, receive UNHCR support in Kenya and Somalia.

A total of 4,949 non-Somalis refugees were relocated to Kakuma. The relocation is currently suspended due to the limited absorption capacity and services in Kalobeyei.

Voluntary Repatriation

  • During the reporting period, 905 refugees (569 by road and 336 by flight to Kismayu and Mogadishu) were assisted to voluntarily repatriate to Somalia. A total of 75,175 returnees have so far been supported from Dadaab Refugee operation under the framework of voluntary repatriation since the beginning of the process in December 2014. 2,463 individuals from Dadaab have been assisted to return in 2018 alone, with a majority returning to Kismayu and Mogadishu.

  • Resumption of Road Convoys: Facilitation of repatriation by road convoys through Liboi/ Dhobley resumed on 20 February 2018, with 107 households comprising of 317 individuals being assisted to travel by road. Road convoys are the preferred mode of transport for many refugees and it is therefore expected that the number of refugees expressing interest to return will significantly increase. Road convoys had been temporarily suspended for 10 months due to insecurity and heavy rains.

  • Return Intention Registration at the Integrated Return Help Desks: During the period under review, a total of 171 refugees registered and confirmed their intention to voluntarily repatriate to Somalia. There are currently still 16,325 refugees active in UNHCR database willing to return to Somalia.