Up to 281 refugees have been taken back to the refugee camps from Nairobi over the last three days.
In a statement, the director of Communication at the ministry of Interior and National Coordination Mwenda Njoka said that this was done to conform to the government’s policy of having refugees only in gazetted refugee camps.
They were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps following days of screening at Kasarani’s Safaricom stadium.
The government has also deported illegal immigrants that were also netted in the ongoing security operation.
“The first group of 111 refugees was transported from Kasarani Sports Ground on Thursday evening in a ceremony witnessed by Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Mr Joseph Ole Lenku,” the statement said.
Mr. Lenku was flanked by senior officials from his ministry on Friday evening when he saw off the second group.
The directive to have refugees only in gazetted refugee camps was issued on March 25 and the ministry says that it conforms to local and international laws on refugees.
The Somali community took issue with the manner the operation was conducted terming it ethnic profiling of Somalis and Muslims at large. However, the ministry refutes this allegation saying that they are targeting all refugees, illegal immigrants and asylum seekers in Kenya regardless of their ethnicity, religion and nationality.
Dadaab refugee camp hosts over half-a-million refugee and is already overstretched but the government says that the recently opened camp – ‘Kambi Aus’ can be utilized for these exercise.