Applying for asylum in Kenya

ATTENTION! Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS) has suspended most of the services as a preventive measure to avoid Covid-19. RAS and UNHCR will inform you as soon as activities are resumed.
Should you lose your proof of registration or have any queries, please contact our helpline: Email: [email protected] or 1517 (Toll-free Telephone).
Should you have applied for your Refugee ID card, kindly approach RAS office in your location, to check its status and collect it if ready.

Applying for asylum

If you are afraid to return to your country of origin, or country of previous residence in case you are stateless, because you are in danger of suffering serious harm for reasons related to your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, sex or membership in a particular social group you can apply for asylum in Kenya. You can also apply for asylum in Kenya in case you flee war or events seriously disturbing the public order in your country of origin.

Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS)

In Kenya it is the Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS) which provides and coordinates the protection and assistance to refugees. RAS is an office within the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. The Refugee Affairs Secretariat registers, processes and decides on all applications for asylum. The Refugee Affairs Secretariat also issues identification cards for asylum seekers and refugees in Kenya.

The Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS) has offices in the following locations:

  • Dadaab
  • Eldoret: Public Works Building next to immigration, Oloo Street
  • Kakuma
  • Mombasa: Opposite St. Mary’s Academy, Bombolulu estate
  • Nairobi: Ambira Road
  • Nakuru: Farming Systems of Kenya Building, Kabarak Road, Kiamunyi

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