African immigration policies: the case of Kenya, 1906-2000
This study was undertaken to evaluate the relevance of colonial immigration policies in the post-independent Kenya. The work set out to achieve three objectives. Firstly, the discussion of the functions of the immigration department. Secondly, Assessment of whether or not continuation of most colonial immigration policies serves the best national interest of Kenya. Thirdly, to examine the social, economic and political impact of immigration in the post-colonial Kenya. Most existing relevant literature were reviewed and raw data in form of personal interview were collected from sample of about 150 respondents. Such data were analyzed both by use of content and table statistics techniques. The study came out with the following findings. Firstly, the current Kenya Immigration functions and structure are a replica of the pre-independence immigration ordinances, which do not sufficiently serve the contemporary government, and the consumers of immigration services. Secondly, the continuation of the colonial immigration policies is not in the best national interest of Kenya. Thirdly, the visa policy, the passport regulations and the citizenship legislations reflect negative economic, social and political impacts in the post-colonial Kenya. Based on the findings, the study made cogent recommendations to the academic fraternity, to the policy apparatus of organizations and to the general public.