Impact of refugees on host communities: the case of Kakuma Refugee Camp, northwestern Kenya, 1992-2002

Abstract : Refugees are one of the major problems facing the international community today. Africa today has a refugee population (according to UNHCR statistics) of over 7 million. The causes for the refugee problem in Africa are political, social, economic, and ethnic among others. Once these refugee populations are in the country of asylum, they do not live in isolation but the indigenous people do exist whom they interact with. The broad objective was to establish the socio-cultural and economic effects of refugees on the host community. The theory of Social Change provided the framework within which this work was done, meaning that values and norms of the refugees could have been diffused to and adopted by the host community. The study gave particular emphasis on the Kakuma Refugee Camp between 1992 — 2002. The main concern of the study was to explore how the refugees inclusive of the refugee agencies' interventions impact either negatively or positively on the host community. The refugee problem in Sub — Saharan Africa extensively narrated. Refugee protection issues were tackled in my work and serves as a background to United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR). The study found out that in defining the links between refugee flows and their impact on receiving communities, the proposition is that government repression or persecution, domestic conflicts, or regional wars generate refugees. Refugee problems, however, are not only consequences of conflicts or wars, but increasingly are causal factor sometimes even the primary cause of conflicts as in the case of Kakuma refugee camp.
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Political science. 2003
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Martha Tureti. Impact of refugees on host communities: the case of Kakuma Refugee Camp, northwestern Kenya, 1992-2002. Political science. 2003. 〈dumas-01302775〉

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