Refugees a threat to national security: case study Kenya
Kitur, Sharon Chepkirui
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The main aim of this research is to investigate whether refugees pose a threat to the national security of Kenya. The objects of the study were: to investigate whether refugees portend any security threats in Kenya, to establish for policy recommendation whether screening measures currently in place are able to separate criminals that do not deserve international protection at Kenyan borders, airports and sea entry points and to determine whether drastic government measures to deter hosting of criminal elements among refugees has had any consequences on genuine refugees. The target population of the research consisted of: refugees, government officials and host communities. This study employed secondary data, with data retrieved from various databases such as Hein Online, JSTOR and Lex is Nexis. Analysis of the media reports and statutes on refugees and national security in Kenya was also used. The study recommends that Kenya has an obligation of providing security to its citizens and also to protect the physical security of refugees living in its camps. There is therefore the need to strike a balance between obeying international obligations and that of protecting national interests.