Number of Registered Refugees In Kenya

Post Date: 27 February 2017   |   Category: General   |   Hits: 2699

Kenya has been hosting refugees of different nationalities from across the region for over 20 years and is home to one of the biggest refugee camps in the world, Dadaab. (Karanja, November 2013)

Dadaab, was opened in 1991 as a temporary shelter for people fleeing civil war in neighbouring Somalia. Yet, prolonged violence and insecurity turned it over the years into a sprawling tent city (Aljazeera, 2016). Recently, there have been debates on whether the two camps in Kenya namely, Dadaab and Kakuma should be closed, mainly due to increased threats to national security. Between them, the two camps are home to more than 600,000 refugees.

Number of Registered Refugees – (2012 -2015)
Source: Economic Survey 2016 
The chart above shows the number of registered refugees in Kenya from the year 2012 to 2015. It is evident that there has been a decrease over the years with 2014 recording the lowest at 585,363 refugees. This may be attributed to the agreement between the Kenyan and Somali governments on June 5th 2013, on voluntary repatriation for Somali refugees in Kenya (European Ressettlement Network, 2013).
From 2012 to 2015, there has been a decrease of 2.34 percentage points in the number of registered refugees in Kenya.
Number of the week: 2.34 percentage points
  • Dadaab is one of the biggest refugee camps in the world 
  • There has been a 2.34 percentage point decrease in the number of refugees in Kenya from 2012 to 2015
  • 2013 records the highest number of refugees in Kenya at 617,223 within the period analyzed 
  • Between 2013 and 2014 there is a decrease of 31,860 refugees
  • Ethiopia and Kenya are the biggest refugee-hosting countries in Africa



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  3. Karanja, L. K. (November 2013,). Asylum space in Kenya: evolution of refugee protection over 20 years . Forced Migration (FMR) 25th Anniversary collection, 1-3. Retrieved from