Al Jazeera quotes Africa Center Assistant Director Joshua Meservey on the Somali refugees in Kenya and the controversy over moving them back to Somalia:

“They may say that their national security interests trump the need to abide by the international convention they signed,” said Joshua Meservey, assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. 


The desire to repatriate the Somali refugees was one of the reasons for the Kenyan invasion, said Meservey, but the move would exacerbate tensions between Kenya’s political elite and Muslim groups that support the refugees.

“The feeling is very much that these are overwhelmingly Muslim refugees, and the Christian government is trying to kick them out of the country,” he said. “They’re scapegoating them for the government’s own security failings.”

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