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Close to 600,000 refugees ordered to go back to camps

16 April 2014, 11:41

Nairobi - Close to 600,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been ordered to go back to their designated camps in Kakuma and Daadab.

According to the Department of Refugee Affairs in Nairobi, the directive was aimed at improving the management of refugees and help security agents discharge their mandate to the public, The Standard reports.

The Acting Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Haron Komen said that the directive was not targeting at any particular group of refugees, therefore it should not be confused with the ongoing repatriation of illegal immigrants from the country.

Yesterday, police arrested 40 people who did not have identification documents in Nairobi’s South C area and took them to the Kasarani detention camp where victims of such swoops have been detained.

The raid took place as police and government officials said they would continue with the raids in the city as long as they feel there are criminal elements.

A similar raid that is taking place in Eastleigh has seen thousands arrested and arraigned in Kasarani, awaiting completion of validation of their status.

Residents though complained that they were harassed by police despite having the correct documentation.

 - For more visit The Standard

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