The UN Refugee Agency Thursday reported that it has repatriated some 70,000 refugees from Dadaab complex in Kenya NEP since the voluntary return exercise begun in December 2014.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a total of 68,697 Somali individuals from Dadaab refugee camp in NEP Kenya were successfully assisted in the framework of voluntary return to Somalia.
The UN Refugee Agency also reported that some 29,383 refugees returned to Somalia in 2017 alone, noting that currently there are 18,274 registered refugees willing to return to Somalia.
Over two (2) million Somalis have been displaced in one of the world’s most lengthened humanitarian crises that have now entered its third decade.
An estimated 1.1 million people are displaced within Somalia and nearly 900,000 have become refugees in the region.
Experts emphasizes of continuing political and security stabilization progress in Somalia, along with growing pressures in hosting countries, makes this a critical moment to renew efforts to find durable solutions for Somali refugees.