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The Controversial Repatriation of Somali Refugees from Kenya


Somali refugees

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) published on 15 January 2014 a commentary titled “The Controversial Repatriation of Somali Refugees from Kenya” by ISS intern Hawa Noor and ISS senior researcher Emmanuel Kisiangani.

In November 2013, Kenya and Somalia signed a tripartite agreement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to repatriate refugees from Kenya, especially those in the Dadaab Refugee Conplex, to “safe areas” in southern Somalia. The concern, however, is whether the current security environment inside Somalia is amenable to voluntary repatriation. The authors emphasize that the repatriation process must be truly voluntary.