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Kenya Immigration Detention

Kenya is a major destination country for migrants and refugees in the Horn of Africa. While many refugees settle in urban areas, the country has large refugee camps in Dadaab and Kakuma. Kenya also is a transit country for migrants intending to travel to South Africa. In recent years Kenyan authorities, citing concerns over terrorism, have carried out security operations resulting in the arrest and detention of large numbers of migrants and refugees.

Internal political turmoil, terrorist attacks, and conflict with neighbouring countries have encouraged Kenya to “securitize” the issue of immigration and led to large numbers of people being detained and deported. The country’s burgeoning Somali refugee population is one of the more targeted groups, and public figures often use fear-mongering rhetoric about refugees and foreigners in political campaigns.

Kenya Quick Facts

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