As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available. Various is a category that does not account for the refugee's origin. These statistics, which are for 2012, are the latest available, are provisional and are subject to change.
Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Kenya. According to UNHCR statistics for 2012, 564,906 refugees and individuals in refugee-like situations were resident in Kenya.
Contact Person: Anne Sweeney, Co-Executive Director
Email: anneheshimakenya [dot] org
Kenya Operations Office:
PO Box 63192-00619, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 73 39 12 888
Email: infoheshimakenya [dot] org
US Administration Office:
PO Box 408077, Chicago, Illinois 60640, USA
Tel: +1 (312) 71 44 038
Heshima Kenya is an international NGO devoted to identifying, protecting and empowering unaccompanied refugee children and youth living in Nairobi, Kenya. The needs, experiences, emotional well-being and potential of adolescent girls are at the heart of Heshima Kenya and are the focus of our specialized education, shelter and advocacy programming. This is because unaccompanied refugee girls between 13 to 19 years of age, especially in urban areas such as Nairobi, are at particular risk of neglect, exploitation and abuse. Heshima Kenya fosters self-sufficiency and integration, promotes healing and peace, and empowers these minors to take ownership of their own future and that of the community.
IRC - International Rescue Committee
Argwings Kodhek Road / P.O. Box 62727-00200 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 27 19 236 or +254 20 27 19 237
As well as providing humanitarian aid to refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp and engaging in advocacy for refugees’ rights, IRC in Nairobi helps refugee women’s groups to access legal advice, education and small business grants.
Jesuit Refugee Service Kenya
Gitanga Road, behind Maria Immaculata Hospital, P.O. Box 76490, Nairobi 00508, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 38 74 136
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS seeks to provides education, psychosocial support, pastoral care, peace-education, livelihoods services and emergency relief and is involved in human rights protection and advocacy activities on different levels. In Nairobi, JRS assists new arrivals, asylum seekers and most vulnerable refugees by providing food and non-food items, financial and medical assistance and psycho-social support. JRS grants small loans to urban refugees to enable them become self-reliant and earn their own living. The JRS Mikono Shop helps refugees market and sell their products. JRS provides support for pre-school and secondary level education for refugee children as well.
In Kakuma refugee camp, JRS provides psycho-social and educational support. JRS focuses on counselling and mental health care, training and empowering community counsellors, alternative healers and mental health workers from among the refugees.JRS supports tertiary education for students registered in distance learning programmes, and offers educational scholarships for children with disabilities, and those students who are well-performing.
Kituo Cha Sheria
Urban Refugee Intervention Centre (URIP), Eastleigh Section, 26th Street, AMCO Plaza/Complex, 3rd Floor
Tel: +254 20 24 51 63 07 36 or 86 72 41 07 20 or 80 65 31
Ole Odume Rd, Off Argwings Kodhek Rd. / P.O. Box 7483, 00300 Ronald Ngala, Nairobi
Tel: +254 02 03 87 62 90 or 38 74 220 or 38 74 191
Fax: +254 02 03 87 62 93
Fidelity House, Kaunda Avenue – Kizingo / P.O. Box 89065 Mombasa
Tel: +254 04 12 23 03 82
Fax: +254 04 12 23 02 83
Kituo Cha Sheria is a national NGO working to protect the rights of forced migrants in Kenya. Kituo specialises in the representation of the poor and marginalised in cases related to private rights, civil disputes and specifically those related to land, labour and housing both individual and group clients. Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is strongly taking shape as a tool for sustainability of the KITUO legal services and constitutes a strategic focus area for KITUO. The programme focuses on policy advocacy and law reform in the areas of: land, housing and labour rights, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/mediation and other areas such as refugees / asylum claims.
The Refugee Consortium of Kenya
Haki House, Muringa Road, Kilimani, PO Box 25340-00603, Nairobi
Contact: Lucy W. Kiama, Executive Director
Tel: +254 20 20 88 060 or +254 20 20 88 067 or +254 (0)7 20 94 31 64
Fax: +254 20 20 88 054
Mobile: +254 73 38 60 669 or +254 72 09 43 164
The Refugee Consortium of Kenya, “an organisation that uniquely belongs to refugees,” employs a rights-based approach in advocating for humane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya. This is done through:
- The Legal Aid Programme, which provides pro bono legal representation in the Refugee Status Determination process and in courts of law. This programme also provides Psychosocial Support to those refugees and asylum seekers requiring such assistance;
- The Advocacy Programme, which advocates for progressive laws and policies on refugees, IDPs and returnees by advocating for policy change and development of legislation in line with international standards; and
- The Information and Research Programme, which disseminates information to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in Kenya and in the region.
In addition to policy and research papers, the Refugee Consortium of Kenya puts out a regular publication, Refugee Insights, back issues of which are available on their website, and makes available various other information sources such as journals and periodicals in the RCK Resource Centre. The RCK has a regular newsletter, which can be read by visiting their website, and a mailing list that can also be subscribed for there.
Titan Complex, Chaka Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi, KENYA
Tel: +254 20 27 27 040
RefugePoint's urban refugee assistance program provides holistic case management services to Nairobi's most vulnerable refugees. Services include emergency food assistance, safe shelter and rent support, and psychosocial counseling and therapy. Please note that at this time RefugePoint is not taking any walk-in clients.