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Title:The migration debate in Kenya
Authors:Rutten, MarcelISNI
Muli, Koki
Book title:International migration and national development in sub-Saharan Africa: viewpoints and policy initiatives in the countries of origin
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:international migration
migration policy
Abstract:This chapter discusses the current state of migration in Kenya, in particular forced migration (of refugees), transit migration and labour migration. It reviews Kenyan policy plans and laws dealing with migration, examines push and pull factors, and outlines the opinions of stakeholders, which were interviewed during a visit to the country in July-August 2006. The chapter shows that until recently Kenyan government policy documents hardly addressed the issue of migration. The growing importance of the migration debate in the country is illustrated by the recent establishment of a Ministry for Immigration and a new Refugee Department. Apart from forced migration, attention to issues of brain drain and remittances has been increasing. Nevertheless, policymakers have not yet agreed on which policy to implement, in some cases effectively opposing each other. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]