Additional Funding for the UN Refugee Agency in Kenya

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 4, 2015


Today, Secretary Kerry announced over $45 million in additional funding to help the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protect and assist some 600,000 refugees residing in Kenya. The United States applauds the tremendous hospitality of Kenya in providing a safe haven for so many refugees. Details of the announcement:

  • The funding provides for basic needs, including food, shelter, education, and health care, as well as voluntary repatriation to countries of origin, where security permits.
  • Among those who will benefit from this assistance are 419,000 Somali refugees in Dadaab and elsewhere, as well as 45,000 additional refugees who have arrived from South Sudan since conflict broke out in there in December 2013.
  • With this additional funding, the United States has, since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014, provided more than $289 million for humanitarian assistance in Kenya, including $96 million to UNHCR.
  • The United States is a steadfast supporter of UNHCR’s work on behalf of refugees and vulnerable people around the world, providing nearly $1.3 billion dollars to the organization overall in Fiscal Year 2014.

For further information, please contact Public Affairs Advisor Dan Langenkamp, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, at langenkampdb@state.gov, PRMpress@state.gov or (202) 453-9339.