List Of Refugee Camps In Kenya

This is a list of refugee camps in Kenya. Kenya hosts some of the world’s largest refugee camps. The camps serve as homes for displaced persons as a result of factors such as war/conflict, economic strain and natural disasters.

Here is a list of refugee camps in Kenya.

1. Kakuma

Kakuma is the largest refugee camp in the world. It was established in 1992 and currently hosts over 180,000 people. It is managed by UNHCR in conjunction with the Kenyan government. Most of the inhabitants are from South Sudan and Somalia. They were driven out of their countries as a result of civil war. South Sudanese refugees are the biggest occupants of the camp. Their population is estimated to be at 100, 000 followed by Somalis who are about 50,000.

2. Dadaab

Dadaab is a complex of refugee camps that host thousands of refugees from countries such as Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Burundi. It had a population of 218,873 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of July 2020 according to UNHCR. Below are the various camps that are part of the Dadaab complex.


Hagadera is the second-largest refugee camp in the world and the largest among the Dadaab complex of camps. The camp is home to over 100,000 refugees with the majority being from Somalia, a country that has witnessed years of war and threats from militant groups.


Dagahaley refugee camp was established in 1992 and is home to about 90,000 people, the majority being refugees from Somalia. The camp was primarily established to accommodate refugees affected by the Somali civil war. The camp is congested and overstretched, a situation that has pushed some of the refugees beyond the camp’s official boundaries.


Ifo is the oldest camp under the Dadaab refugee complex of camps. The camp’s population is estimated to be over 80,000 people, with Somalis taking the lead. They were displaced from their country by civil war.

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