Kenya Refugees Act Essay

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The Kenya Refugees Act enacted in 2006 to instrument the 1951 United Nations Convention Related to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol and the 1969 OAU Convention marked a greater government involvement in refugee affairs. It was accompanied by Refugee Regulations entered into force in 2009 and the establishment of the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) within the Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons which has responsibility for the administration, coordination and management of issues relating to refugees. Its functions includes developing policies, promoting durable solutions, coordinating international assistance, receiving and processing applications for refugee status, registration, issuing identity cards…show more content…
This is a policy that is pigeonholed by the liberal admission of refugees who are then awarded full socio-economic rights and are voluntarily repatriated to their countries only when conditions are favourable. Thus many migrants are bestowed refugee status minus the UN Convention, Protocols and other International instruments’ scrutiny that govern them. they would undergo under the UN Convention and Protocol and other international instruments that govern refugees. This, especially with the emergence of Al-Shabaab insurgency in the Horn of Africa, has exposed Kenya to security threats from the militia men. Thus with the current security threat, there is a shift in policy where refugees' freedom of movement and engagement in self-reliance activities is restricted. The negative impact of refugees can be cited as necessitating the above policy shift and Kenya should state its intentions to advocate for a revision of the existing international refugee regime so as to have refugees protected in 'safe zones' in their own countries. Kenya can do very little about this. The principle under international law is to the effect that no refugee should be returned or expelled to the frontier or territory where his life or freedom is threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political

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