NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR said on Friday that
it has voluntarily repatriated 81,451 Somali refugees from Kenya
as at July 31 since the voluntary return exercise began in
The UN High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its Monthly Update
released in Nairobi that 6,085 of the refugees were returned in
2018, noting that 191 Burundians have also been assisted tor
return home this year.
According to the UN
refugee agency, there were 471, 330 refugees and asylum-seekers
as of July 31.
Kenya, which hosted
protracted negotiations that culminated in the formation of the
transitional federal government of Somalia, says the refugee
situation continues to pose security threats to Nairobi and the
region apart from the humanitarian crisis.
The East African
nation which has been planning to close the Dadaab refugee camp,
has cited the influence of terror group al-Shabab as among the
risks of keeping the camps open.
An estimated two
million Somalis have been displaced in one of the world’s most
protracted humanitarian crises that have now entered its third
continuing political and security stabilization progress in
Somalia, along with growing pressures in hosting countries,
makes this a critical moment to renew efforts to find durable
solutions for Somali refugees.