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Kenya spends Sh5mn monthly to repatriate illegal immigrants

Speaking during a one-day seminar on Human Trafficking and Other International Organized Crimes, he says the introduction of e-passports later this year will help to crackdown on the cartels/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Kenya spends between Sh4mn and Sh5mn monthly to repatriate illegal immigrants, according to Director of Immigration Major General (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa.

Speaking during a one-day seminar on Human Trafficking and Other International Organized Crimes, he says the introduction of e-passports later this year will help to crackdown on the cartels.

To curb human trafficking of Kenyans more so to the Middle East countries, the department has reduced the number of organisations dealing with workers to 23 down from 500.

The organization’s exporting Labour, he says must meet stringent requirements including having Sh1mn in the account to be used to bring their clients back to the country in case they face challenges.

“Kenya’s main challenge is being a transit point for human trafficking,” he said.

He however, laments that due to what he terms as greed, some Kenyans have been using neighbouring countries like Uganda to go to the Middle East where they often face a myriad of challenges.

He said currently “there is a coordinated border management approach. With the security laws of December 2014, it was agreed that the people at the border must be accountable to someone.”

Most of the people repatriated hail from Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea who could be largely victims of human trafficking.

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