PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN KENYA: GIVING REFUGEES A CHANCE

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In her quest to Preventing Violent Extremism, Kenyan Government has resorted to repatriating refugees especially those in the Daadab Camp as a measure that will see their efforts come to fruition. The action against refugees has aroused the spirit of other governments, local  and international organization  citing Kenya‟s actions as unlawful as per international refugee laws and the tripartite agreement. The study covered various issues from radicalization to terrorism to violent extremism where the literature reviewed showed little attention by scholars on the subject matter. The main objective being establishing the link and the role refugees play when it comes to violent extremism and prevention. Liberalism and human security paradigm informed the study in that while human security does matter, there is need for coordination with state institutions while protecting her interest. The study found out that refugees have a role in facilitating violent extremism but also having refugees create awareness as they have had first-hand experience of violence is one of the roles they can play in preventing violent extremism.  The study having used secondary data collection ends and concludes with recommendations for further research while at the same time seeking the government to treat refugees as humans and incorporate them in security solutions.

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