Kenya government set to shut down World’s largest refugee camp


The world’s largest refugee camp, which has been home to over 200, 000 people, will be shut down in the next few months.

The camp which is popularly known as Dadaab camp located in eastern Kenya, would be closed by the end of August under the Kenyan plan, according to reports.

A United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) document dated February 28 said the Kenyan government had sent a note verbale informing it of “plans to close the Dadaab camps within a six-month period”.

The note, which was dated February 19, asked UNHCR “to expedite the relocation of the refugees and asylum-seekers residing therein.”

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In the document, the UNHCR said it was committed to working with the government on voluntary repatriation to countries of origin, relocating refugees to other parts of Kenya and resettlement to third countries.

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