New microdata from a high-frequency telephone survey in Kenya shows that pandemic-related fear among refugee households is particularly high compared to the surrounding host community and increases over time.
The employment gap between refugees and nationals was large before the pandemic and remains large throughout the pandemic due to widespread job losses.
Although refugee employment is recovering, it is slower than domestic employment and the crisis has widened the gender employment gap among refugees.
Reducing food intake is a common response reported by both refugees and locals to help cope with the loss of income. It is noteworthy that the proportion of refugees reporting that they can go a full day without food is higher than that of residents, suggesting severe food insecurity in refugee households.
UNHCR’s Livelihood Response in Kenya aims to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on refugees and other Forced Displacement (FDP) through the distribution of masks and toiletries, as well as cash assistance. The provision of this and other immediate and medium-term support is planned with a view to the inclusion and autonomy of sustainable economic development.