Information on the citizenship status of a child born in Kenya in 1935 to ethnic Somalis, who moved with his parents to Mogadishu in 1938, but returned to Kenya in 1977 where he worked for four years under a work visa [KEN27615.E]

In an 8 September 1997 telephone interview, an immigration officer at the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Washington, DC, stated that a man born in Kenya of ethnic Somalis in 1935, who moved to Mogadishu in 1938 and returned to Kenya in 1977 under a work permit, does not qualify for Kenyan citizenship unless one of his parents was born in Kenya. For additional information on this topic, please consult Responses to Information requests KEN15705.E of 11 January 1994, KEN17624.E of 16 June 1994, KEN9029 of 9 August 1991 and KEN3110 of 4 December 1989.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


High Commission for Republic Kenya, Washington, DC. 8 September 1997. Telephone with the DIRB.