Danish agency backs repatriation of Somali refugees
12 November 2013, 17:12
Nairobi - The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has welcomed a
tripartite agreement inked on Sunday, saying it has a potential to
enhance opportunities for voluntary return for Somali refugees from
In a statement issued in Nairobi on Tuesday, the global organization
called for patience from hosting governments, while expressing
confidence that the tripartite agreement can increase the possibility of
finding durable solutions for the Somali refugees.
"Patience is still needed from hosting governments, in this case
Kenya, as developments towards a return environment where legal,
material and physical safety for returnees need to take firm root," said
the DRC's Deputy Regional Director Rikke Johannesen.
Johannesen said it was important that governments talk about durable
solutions in a situation that has been protracted for decades.
"Somalia, however, is still a country at war. Only few pockets in the
country is safe, and in Mogadishu alone, you have more than 200,000
internally displaced people basically living in the streets," he added.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR, Kenya and the Somali government signed
the agreement to ensure Somali refugees in Kenya could return to their
Up to 80,000 Somali refugees have spontaneously returned to south-central Somalia since January, according to some reports.
A tripartite commission will be established to oversee the implementation of its provisions.
Kenya is hosting about 500,000 Somali refugees, the majority of whom
are in the large Dadaab refugee camps in the northeast of the country.