After concerns were raised about an influx of groups of foreigners into Kenya, the government announced a crackdown on the foreigners; many of them said to have come from Asia and had been spotted in residential areas in Nairobi.
According to figures shared by the Ministry of Interior, more than 20,000 foreigners entered the country since June. About 8,000 of them have since left.
Karanja Kibicho, the interior ministry’s principal secretary said the foreigners were on transit to Saudi Arabia for work.
Kibicho said Kenya was however panicked by the threat of further spread of Covid-19 and would restrict the number of people transiting through the country.
The foreigners are living in Airbnb’s in Nairobi and neighbouring Machakos County.