Refugees told to get out of towns

PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA | FILE Somali refugees at the new Ifo-extension at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in this photo taken on July 31, 2011. Refugees living in urban areas have been ordered to return to camps.

What you need to know:

  • Acting commissioner for refugee affairs Badu Katelo announced on Tuesday that registration of new refugees had been stopped with immediate effect
  • According to the UNHCR website, the Somali refugee population in Kenya has reached 450,000, stretching infrastructure and services
  • The move by the government is widely seen as a result of rising insecurity which, in some cases, has been linked to refugees

All refugees and asylum seekers living in urban areas have been directed to move to camps in North Eastern and Rift Valley provinces.

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