Capital News: Kenya, UNHCR Intensify Efforts To Address Refugee Crisis

The plans to solve Kenya’s longstanding refugee situation are now in high gear following the launch of a technical team that will design a comprehensive strategy on the repatriation and integration of refugees.

 The Intergovernmental Steering Committee on Kenya’s Marshal Plan for Refugees is expected to draft viable proposals on support for the displaced persons with a view to reducing over-reliance on humanitarian aid.

 Immigration Principal Secretary Julius Bitok said the framework will take a development-oriented approach in harnessing the refugees’ inherent social-economic potential to empower them and promote their self-reliance.

 “It aims at enhancing access to effective registration, documentation, basic services such as education, healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), energy, jobs and livelihoods,” the PS said during the launch of the Committee in Nairobi.

According to the PS, the plan will also guide the conversion of refugee camps to integrated settlements and expand their access to support for safe and dignified repartition as envisioned in the Global Compact on Refugees.

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