Somali Refugees in Kenya: The Case of the Dadaab Camp
The Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya is home to approximately 400,000 people, making it the largest refugee camp in the world. Located 100 kilometres from the long and porous Kenya-Somalia border, its primarily Somali population is viewed as a source of insecurity by some Kenyan authorities. The Kenyan government has ascribed responsibility for al Shabaab attacks in the country to its Somali residents, leading to violent crackdowns in the camp and thousands of detentions in Nairobi. The treatment of Somali refugees in Kenya remains at the forefront of the debate on security, immigration and the Kenyan state’s relationship with its Somali population.
Ben Rawlence recently completed a year of research in Dadaab. At this event, he will present the main findings of his work, highlighting inhabitants’ frustrations with the governments of both Kenya and Somalia, and suggesting ways in which governments and donors can improve their approaches to Dadaab’s inhabitants.
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