Migration, Refugees and Humanitarian Policy

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. Kenya, through the Permanent Mission, actively engages with the High Commissioner’s Office. 85 per cent of the world’s displaced persons are hosted in developing countries. Hosting almost half a million refugees, Kenya plays a leading role in refugee issues and seeks to implement the Global Compact on Refugees, which is a framework for more predictable and equitable responsibility sharing though sustainable international cooperation.

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 156 Member States, a further 10 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The Permanent Mission also participates in activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian related institutions.

Below are relevant websites for further information.