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Rwanda Welcomes 113 Refugees and Migrants from Libya

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louis Buyisiwe

Jun 15, 2024

Migrants in Libya await rescue on an overcrowded inflatable boat, hoping for a safe passage to a new life

Rwandan immigration officers welcomed 113 refugees and migrants from Libya on Thursday, June 13.

The new arrivals, hailing from South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudan, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Somalia, are the 18th group of migrants deported from the North African country under the emergency transit mechanism established by the Rwandan government and the United Nations refugee agency in 2019.

This initiative aims to support African migrants stranded in Libyan detention facilities. Since its inception, Rwanda has received over 2,300 migrants and asylum seekers.

The Rwandan Ministry of Emergency Management reaffirmed the country's commitment to addressing the global migration crisis and providing assistance to those in need.

Through this mechanism, asylum claims of migrants are processed in Rwanda, with more than 1,600 individuals resettled in third countries. Rwanda hosts over 130,000 refugees, primarily from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi

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