The UN refugee agency is appealing for funds to support the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is asking for $115.4 million from the international community.
The Kenyan government is closing the Dadaab camp, which is currently home to 343,000 people. The plan is to relocate 150,000 people by the end of 2016.
The UN agency says the funding will also cover relocating refugees from Dadaab to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, as well as helping to cover food assistance and health insurance for Somali returnees.
To date, more than 17,000 Somalis have returned from Dadaab. It is expected that approximately 170,000 people will return to Somalia during 2017 and early 2018.
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