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5 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001682-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Francisco Assis (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Plans by Kenyan Government to close the Dadaab refugee camp
 Answer in writing 

It has recently been reported that the Kenyan Government is planning to close the Dadaab refugee camp by the end of August. The camp currently houses hundreds of thousands of Somali men women and children fleeing war and victims of human rights abuses. Such a move would, in all likelihood, result in the deportation of the refugees to Somalia, triggering a humanitarian crisis of tragic proportions. In 2017, the Kenyan Supreme Court ruled that a previous attempt to close the camp in 2016 was unconstitutional and inadmissible under national and international law. In other words, closure of the camp in August would be in breach of the Supreme Court ruling.

Given that the EU is already providing aid for the refugees in the Dadaab camp, what pressure does it intend to bring to bear on the Kenyan Government, in the context of political dialogue with that country, to persuade it to abandon its plans to close the camp and to endeavour to ensure the security and dignity of the refugees?

Original language of question: PT 
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