Most Somali returnees from Kenya going to Lower Jubba region – UNHCR

More than 83,000 Somali refugees have returned home from neighbouring Kenya in the past five years alone, the UN refugee agency says.

Majority of those who returned, or 64 percent, went to resettle in Somalia’s Lower Jubba region in the country’s semi-autonomous Jubbalabd state, UNHCR figures show.

Banaadir region, including the capital Mogadishu, is another favourite destination for the returnees with 18 percent having gone there.

UNHCR said data on the destinations for the returnees from Kenya are based on the place of initial return.

“Women and children combined represent 85 percent of all returnees to date,” the UN agency added.

The refugees are returning to Somalia under a repatriation agreement between Kenya, Somalia and UNHCR.