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Kenya’s Forced Encampment of Refugees Violates Human Rights and Quashes Self-Reliance

Originally published on the Asylum Access website. See original here.

By: Jessica Therkelsen, Global Policy Director, Asylum Access

The Kenyan government’s decision this week to force all refugees to leave urban centers and report to camps violates human rights and represents a backslide in the government’s approach to urban refugees.

Host to nearly 700,000 refugees, Kenya has since 2006 implemented laws and policies that increasingly improve compliance with international human rights standards. Urban refugees have enjoyed legal status, access to employment, opportunity, and services outside of camps.  Following recent attacks in Nairobi attributed to al-Shabaab, a Somali militant group, Kenya is now citing national security in its decision to send nearly 100,000 people to overcrowded and dangerous camps.

Under the new measure, these refugees will be forced to leave their rebuilt lives for internment in a camp with no access to freedom of movement and serious security risks.

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No Place Called Home- Asylum Access Launches a Report on Urban Refugees in Dar es Salaam

Asylum Access has just released a new report, No Place Called Home, presenting the findings of a 2010 survey of urban refugees living in Dar es Salaam. The aim of the study  is to establish the existence of an urban population in Dar es Salaam with genuine claims to refugee status – and thus rights under Tanzanian and international law. In addition, Asylum Access sought to better understand the protection needs of this population, of which no official estimation exists.

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Labor market arguments on refugees’ right to work: a pragmatic rebuttal

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By: Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter, Overseas Operations Director, Asylum Access

You will read elsewhere in this blog the legal arguments for the right to work of refugees. International human rights law generally, and refugee law specifically, set out a strong foundation for refugees’ rights to seek employment and to enjoy rights in the workplace.

Today I will step out of the legal zone:  this post will counter the arguments one most often hears in support of limiting refugees’ access to lawful employment and corresponding rights.

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