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Refugees and Asylum-seekers in Kenya by sub-location JSON 
Location name Source Data date Population
Nairobi UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  16.0%
80,886
Garissa UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  44.1%
223,450
Turkana UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  39.9%
202,334

Total Refugees in Kenya JSON 
454,865
Last updated 31 Dec 2020
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Refugees in Kenya - Breakdown by country of origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Somalia UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  58.6%
266,382
South Sudan UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  27.2%
123,921
Dem. Rep. of the Congo UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  6.5%
29,629
Ethiopia UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  4.5%
20,438
Burundi UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  1.7%
7,669
Sudan UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  0.9%
3,998
Eritrea UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  0.2%
888
Uganda UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  0.2%
837
Rwanda UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  0.2%
744
Others UNHCR, Government 31 Dec 2020
  0.1%
359


Total Asylum-seekers in Kenya JSON 
51,805
Last updated 31 Dec 2020
Source - UNHCR 
Asylum-seekers in Kenya - Breakdown by country of origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  30.2%
15,630
Burundi UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  18.7%
9,704
Ethiopia UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  16.8%
8,718
Somalia UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  13.8%
7,137
Sudan UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  11.8%
6,105
Uganda UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  3.4%
1,779
Rwanda UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  2.2%
1,125
Eritrea UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  1.9%
1,008
Others UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  1.0%
543
South Sudan UNHCR 31 Dec 2020
  0.1%
56


  Highlights
UNHCR in partnership with Oracle launched the Oracle Workforce Development program, which aims to impart digital skills training with global certifications. Five Persons of Concern (PoC (3 females, 2 males) from urban areas and eight PoC (3 females, 5 males) from Kakuma were shortlisted for the training after a competitive process. The trainees will be upskilled in Java Fundamental and Programming and later be linked to job opportunities.
30 Sep 2020
PoC who can no longer support themselves in urban areas continued to request for assistance to relocate to the camps. UNHCR and the Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS) worked on resuming PoC’s relocation to the camps. This had been suspended towards the end of August due to a high COVID-19 positivity rate among PoC that had been tested before travel.
30 Sep 2020
RAS and UNHCR agreed to set up a working group to start a remote interviewing pilot for refugee status determination. Remote interviewing will increase the number of interviews conducted.
30 Sep 2020
In August, UNHCR and implementing partners in Kakuma distributed 130,000 reusable facemasks donated by the Government of the United States.
30 Sep 2020
The National Council of Churches in Kenya (NCCK) donated medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to UNHCR health partners in Kakuma to enhance the fight against COVID-19. The donation includes pulse oximeter, oxygen concentrators and cylinders, suction machines, infrared thermometers and assorted PPE.
30 Sep 2020
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Refugees Self-Reliance Initiative
Promoting opportunities for refugees around the world to become self-reliant and achieve a better quality of life.
Self-reliance and social networks: explaining refugees’ reluctance to relocate from Kakuma to Kalobeyei
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  • Country overview
    The Kenya refugee operation is impacted by political developments and the humanitarian situation in the region, mainly due to developments in the two main refugee producing countries (i.e. Somalia and South Sudan). In Somalia, despite the moderate gains made in the past three years, the humanitarian situation in 2020 is expected to remain fragile, with over some 24.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, the situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia are responsible for refugee outflows.

    The majority of refugees and asylum-seekers in Kenya are from Somalia (54%), followed by South Sudanese (24.5%), Congolese (8.9%) and Ethiopians (5.8%). Persons of concern from other nationalities including Burundi, Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Rwanda, and others make up 6.7% of the total population (501,049 as at the end of October 2020). Almost half of the refugees in Kenya reside in Dadaab (44%), 40% in Kakuma and 16% in urban areas (mainly Nairobi), alongside 18,500 stateless persons. Currently, Kenya continues to be among the top refugee hosting countries in Africa. UNHCR will also continue its advocacy on behalf of stateless persons.

    The operation works with the assumption that the situation in Central and Southern Somalia will continue to allow voluntary repatriation and reintegration with no major further deterioration. For these reasons, the planning figures for voluntary return to Somalia are 10,050 in 2021 and 10,620 in 2022. As for 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has overall affected the voluntary repatriation programme to Somalia, Ethiopia and Burundi. Small-scale repatriation to Somalia has only now been resumed in December 2020, with some more returns planned to Burundi and DRC. While some 30,000 new arrivals were expected in 2020, as a result of COVID-19 there were only 8,210 new arrivals, mainly from Somalia, South Sudan, DRC, Ethiopia, and Burundi. Considering COVID-19, a reduction in resettlement slots and the current capacity of the operation to process resettlement cases, it is projected that some 2,000 refugees will be proposed for resettlement in 2020.


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