Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy, and the second largest population in the region of Eastern Africa. As ‘the gateway to East Africa’, Kenya also plays a vital role as a transportation hub for much of sub-Saharan Africa. Due to its relatively healthy economy and stable political situation, Kenya is a country of destination for economic migrants from all over Africa, and a host country of mainly Eastern African refugees.
Compared to other countries in similar stages of development, Kenya collects significant amounts of migration data through its population census and household surveys, and data collected at borders, as well as from administrative records.
However, data was not sufficiently, shared, analysed and disseminated among the interested parties, and this realisation prompted the Kenyan National Migration Coordination Mechanism (NCM) to request MIEUX’s support to develop SOPs with the aim of providing a harmonised framework and a practical operative tool for institutions dealing with international migration data management in Kenya.