UNHCR Operational Update - Dadaab, Kenya, 16 - 31 August 2017
The first camp in Dadaab was established in 1991. There are four camps in Dadaab,
Hagadera, Dagahaley, Ifo and Ifo 2 camp.
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 absorption capacity and availability of services.
During the reporting period, 1,337 refugees were supported to return to their homes in Somalia by flight to Kismayu, Mogadishu. As of 31st August, a total of 70,202 individuals from Dadaab were assisted in the framework of voluntary return to Somalia since the launch of voluntary repatriation on 8 December 2014. 30,888 refugees have returned in 2017 alone. The cumulative total number of persons repatriated from Kenya to Somalia currently stands at 72,101. Currently there are 17,478 registered refugees willing to return to Somalia.
During the reporting period, the Return Help Desks (RHDs) has witness a reduced number of persons seeking repatriation mainly due to the road movement being put on hold and return to Baidoa is suspended until further notice.
The next Cross Border Meeting on voluntary repatriation is scheduled to take place on 6th September, in Dadaab. Participants from government of Kenya, government of Somalia, UNHCR and other stakeholders are expected to deliberate on key arising challenges.