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 2011, 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 2011, 566,487 refugees and individuals in refugee-like situations were resident in Kenya.
Address: Operations Office
P.O. Box 63192-00619
Email: infoheshimakenya [dot] org
Heshima Kenya specialises in identifying and protecting separated and orphaned refugee minors living in Nairobi, Kenya. Our shelter, education and community outreach services, coupled with local resources and the refugee community, enable and empower unaccompanied refugee minors, especially adolescent girls, to live healthy lives.
The Refugee Consortium of Kenya
Contact: Lucy W. Kiama, Executive Director
Haki House, Muringa Road, Kilimani, PO Box 25340-00603, Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 208 8060; +254 20 2088067 or + 254 (0)720 943 164.
Office Cell: +254 733 860 669 / 720943164
Fax: +254 20 2088054
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.
Kituo Cha Sheria
Nairobi (Head Office): Ole Odume Rd, Off Argwings Kodhek Rd. / P.O. Box 7483, 00300 Ronald Ngala, Nairobi
Tel: +254-020-3876290/ 3874220/ 3874191
Mombasa (Regional Office): Fidelity House, Kaunda Avenue – Kizingo / P.O. Box 89065 Mombasa
Eastleigh (Branch Office): Urban Refugee Intervention Centre (URIP), Eastleigh Section, 26th Street, AMCO Plaza/Complex, 3rd Floor
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.
Contact: Anne Sweeney, Co-Executive Director
Kenya Operations Office:
PO Box 63192-00619, Nairobi
Tel: (+254) 733 912 888
US Administration Office:
PO Box 408077, Chicago, Illinois 60640, USA
Tel: (+1)(312) 714 4038
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.
Chaka Road, Hurlingham
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.
Jesuit Refugee Service Kenya
Gitanga Road, behind Maria Immaculata Hospital, P.O. Box 76490, Nairobi 00508, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 3874136
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.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Argwings Kodhek Road / P.O. Box 62727-00200 Nairobi
Tel: 254-20-2719236 / 254-20-2719237
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.