Nairobi,KENYA:The ministry of foreign affairs has moved to have Kenyans in the diaspora registered days after two Kenyan pilots were released from captivity in South Africa.
In a notice issued on Thursday, the minister of foreign affairs and international trade Amb Monica Juma said that the registration would help them account for the number of Kenyans living abroad.
“We therefore encourage all Kenyan nationals living abroad to register with nearest Kenyan Embassy or High Commission or through the Diaspora and Consular Directorate at Ministry of Foreign Affairs on firstname.lastname@example.org or +254 204 94992.” Amb Monica Juma said.
According to the ministry , there are currently more than 3 million Kenyans living in the diaspora and remittances from the diaspora made up 2.38% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic product in 2013.
This comes just a few days after the ministry issued travel advisories against conflict struck South Sudan.
According to the advisory,Kenyans living and working outside the capital Juba were warned against travelling to conflict prone areas and asked to exercise extreme caution.
In the past there have been public outcries and accusations that the ministry is ignoring the plight of Kenyans living and working in the gulf countries.
This after several Kenyan domestic workers were allegedly mistreated and died in the hands of their employers.