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Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the numbers and locations of Somalis in refugee camps; and what progress has been made in assisting them to return to their homes.

Kenya has hosted some 330,000 Somali refugees, mainly in the east of the country. There are 90,000 including some Ethiopians in Djibouti, with a further 62,000 Somalis in Yemen and 150,000 in Saudi Arabia.Latest information suggests that up to 150,000 out of a total of 430,000 refugees have now spontaneously returned from Ethiopia to northern Somalia. Some 30,000 Somalis have also been voluntarily repatriated from Kenya, and another 90,000 from Kenya have so far registered with UNHCR for voluntary repatriation as soon as possible.UNHCR is preparing a regional repatriation plan for several hundred thousand Somali refugees to return from Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen and Djibouti.