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About Kenya

Population & Demographic: With a population of more than 47.6 million people in the 2019 census, Kenya is the 29th most populous country  in the world. Kenya’s capital and largest city is Nairobi, while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city.

Kenya had a population of approximately 48 million people in January 2017.The country has a young population, with 73% of residents aged below 30 years because of rapid population growth, from 2.9 million to 40 million inhabitants over the last century.

Health: In the health sector, nurses are by far the largest group of front-line health care providers in all sectors, followed by clinical officers, medical officers, and medical practitioners. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, in 2011 there were 65,000 qualified nurses registered in the country, 8,600 clinical officers, and 7,000 doctors.

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Kenyans in Diaspora

About Kenya

Why Kenyans Relocate to the Diaspora

Kenyans have been migrating in large numbers to different parts of the world since the 1960s to acquire better training, education, job opportunities and for political reasons. To date, Kenyans continue to migrate in search of better economic opportunities, resulting in major brain drain. 

Body Repatriation for Kenyans in the Diaspora

The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya has clearance to receive bodies repatriated into the country. 

Cost of repatriating a body to Kenya . 

Repatriation costs vary depending on weight, distance and funeral director fees. The cost of repatriating a body from for example the UK to Kenya is estimated at £3000.

Requirements for repatriating a body to Kenya

  • A valid post mortem report
  • Certified copy of Death Certificate 
  • Export permit to repatriate the dead body to Kenya
  • Infectious  / Non-infectious disease certificate. This has to be issued by healthy authorities in the repatriating country confirm deceased did not die of contagious diseases. 
  • A metal hermetically sealable casket is recommended. 
  • Proof that the deceased was Kenyan, Passport, Birth Certificate or other nationally recognised IDs. 
  • A letter from the director of the funeral home stating how the body was embalmed. This in some countries is known as the embalmment certificate.  
  • Certificate of contents declaring contents of coffin (issued by funeral director)

Other Essentials for repatriating a body to Kenya.

  • Funeral Director in repatriating country is usually engaged to handle outbound logistics of repatriating a body. Funeral director in receiving country should also be engaged to inbound repatriation logistics. 
  • Due to the global covid pandemic, the government of Kenya requires that all repatriations adhere to WHO and AITA guidelines regarding how the dead body is handled. You or your funeral director should obtain clearance from the Kenya Ministry of health. 

The Ministry of health can be contacted on the following address:

Office of the Director General for Health;

Afya House, Cardinal Road

P.O Box 30016-00100

Nairobi

Email Address: dghealth2019@gmail.com

Tel: +254 20 2717077

  • When in doubt, contact the Kenya Embassy in the repatriating country.

How long does it take to repatriate a body to Kenya?

  • It is difficult to know in advance the  timelines for repatriation to Kenya as repatriation can only take place after all documentation are in place. When the authorisation letter is issued, repatriation can take place anytime from 5 days to 20 days depending on the funeral directors’ logistics arrangements. 

Kenya Diaspora Population

According to Wikipedia, there are about +/-3 million Kenyans that are living in the diaspora. They are spread across the following areas:

  • Asia- 92,7000
  • Europe- 100,000
  • America- 280,000
  • Caribbean- 10,000
  • Australia/New Zealand- 10,000
  • African countries- 900,000

The total population of Kenya is estimated to be at 52.57 Million people according to Wikipedia. 

As stated above, the 3 million diaspora citizens make up 5.7% of the documented population. Statistics show that the majority of Kenyan nationals emigrate to European countries and some neighbouring African countries for job opportunities.

30% of the Kenyan citizens live in African countries. The remainder are scattered across Asia, Europe and America.

Kenya Diaspora Remittances

According to a report by the www.businessdailyafrica.com on remittances, Kenya has received close to $3.09 billion in remittances as at March 2021. Along with farming exports and tourism, the funds are a key source of foreign exchange and are tracked by traders. The remarkable growth of remittances has been supported by financial innovations that provided Kenyans in the diaspora more convenient channels for their transactions.

The US remains the largest source of these inflows, accounting for 55.9% of remittances received in March 2021 alone. The other top sources were as per below:

  • UK- 11.2%
  • Saudi Arabia- 4%
  • Canada- 2.9%
  • Australia -2.9 %

How Funds Are Remitted to Kenya

Channels used by most Ghanaians to send money back home to friends and relatives:

  1. World Remit
  2. XOOM (A PayPal Service)
  3. Remitly
  4. Wise (formerly known as Transferwise)
  5. Western Union

Reasons for sending remittances to Kenya

According to a report by Xpress Money (www.xpressmoney.com) ¾ of the remittances sent by Kenyan expats go into fulfilling family obligations and charity. Family obligations include food, healthcare, education and other living expenses.

Kenya Connectivity

Most Kenyans use internet applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and E-mails to communicate with their family back home. In most African countries, using data to make a call is much cheaper than it is to use mobile airtime to phone overseas. 

Below are the statistics on the internet users in Kenya and how widely spread Kenyans are over the internet and on Social Media.

Internet users in Kenya

  • There were 21.75 million internet users in Kenya as at January 2021 
  • Internet penetration in Kenya stood at 40% in January 2021

Social Media Statistics for Kenya

  • There were 11 million social media users in Kenya in January 2021
  • The number of social media users in Kenya increased by 2.2 million (+25%) between 2020 and 2021.
  • The number of social media users in Kenya was equivalent to 20.2% of the total population in January 2021.

Mobile Connections in Kenya

  • There were 59.24 million mobile connections in Kenya in January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Kenya increased by 5.9 million (+11%) between January 2020 and January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Kenya in January 2021 was equivalent to 108.9% of the total population.

Note: many people have more than one mobile connection, so figures for mobile connections may exceed 100% of the total population.

Source: https://datareportal.com/reports/digital-2021-kenya

KENYA KEY EMBASSY/ CONSULATE DETAILS

Embassy of Kenya in the USA

Address: 1616 P Street, NW Suite 340 Washington D.C., 20036

Phone Number: +1 202 387 6101

Website/Email: information@kenyaembassydc.org 

Embassy of Kenya in UK

Address: 45 Portland Pl, Marylebone,
London W1B 1AS

Phone Number: +44 020 7636 2371

Website/Email: immigration@kenyahighcom.org.uk 

Embassy of Kenya in Canada

Address: 415 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4
Province: Ontario

Phone Number: +1613-563-1773 (main line)

Website/Email: balozi@kenyahighcommission.ca 

Embassy of Kenya in Australia

Address: 43 Culgoa Circuit

O'Malley, ACT, 2606

Phone Number: +61 2 6247 4788

+61 2 6290 7100

Website/Email: khc-canberra@kenya.asn.au 

consular@kenya.asn.au 

Latest information on the status of Kenyans living in the diaspora

For consulate and embassy information on Kenya, please contact Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

CONTACT DETAILS:

Old Treasury Building, Harambee Avenue

PO Box 30551- 00100 G.P.O

Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 3318888

Email: info@mfa.go.ke

Website: https://www.mfa.go.ke


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