As of January 2019, a total of 209,979 mostly Somali refugees reside in Dadaab camps. Since May 2017, REACH has worked in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and in support of camp management and operational partners to provide secondary information and guidance on developing tools and methodologies for data collection in Dadaab refugee complex (Dagahaley, Hagadera and Ifo) and along the Kenya-Somalia border. Despite the ongoing voluntary repatriation programme by the Government of Kenya with support from UNHCR, there were reported spontaneous returns to Somalia and re-returns to Dadaab. With continued conflict, instability and drought causing new displacement in Somalia, and reduced humanitarian funding in Dadaab, there is a need to strengthen the knowledge of future return intentions and movement patterns of the refugee population in Dadaab and along the Kenya-Somalia border. It is in this context that REACH, in partnership with NRC, conducted a comprehensive intentions and cross-border monitoring survey both in Dadaab refugee complex and at the Kenya-Somalia border.
This situation overview presents findings from the second round of this assessment, with the first round having been conducted between 6th and 15th of November 2018.