This paper examines the challenges of refugee integration within the context of interculturalism. It focuses on the Somalia refu- gees who have occupied an estate in Nairobi, Kenya, Eastleigh, basi- cally a residential area turned commercial. While adapting the dimen- sion of interculturalism as aimed at creating a cohesive civil society, it argues that integration as viewed from an intercultural perspective should be holistic in approach.
Any debate therefore on integration should aim at first addressing the causes of refugeism within states of origin so that integration of refugees in other nations should not be a solution in itself but rather it should start by solving nation-state inter- nal conflicts to create an environment that will reduce the immigrant populations. Integration should start from within by the communities appreciating their own diversity in relation to other nations. Integra- tion should not be a melting point of cultures but should seek to main- tain diversity within the socio-political constructs of a nation-state. Policies and frameworks for integration should be drafted based on the uniqueness of the prevailing circumstances especially within the receiving nation-state.
Robert W. Oduori, Moi