Cessation Clause deadline closing in.
Kigali, December 20, 2016 - The Ministry of Refugees and Disaster Management (MIDIMAR) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rwanda held a press conference in Kigali to recapitulate the key achievements in 2016 as well as progress towards the Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Rwandan returnees. The Hon. Minister of MIDIMAR Mukantabana Serafine and UNHCR Representative in Rwanda Mr. Saber Azam both commended the work achieved while also acknowledging the generosity of donors who made the achievements possible.
“The rights to protection and easy access to basic facilities for approximately 160,000 refugees hosted in Rwanda is possible due to the continued collaboration between the Government of Rwanda and UNHCR with our partners,” said Minister Mukantabana. “We are committed to continue initiatives that improve the lives of these people,” she continued.
The Minister and UNHCR Representative also reiterated that refugee status for Rwandan refugees in different countries across the world will cease on December 31, 2017. They noted that no Rwandan will be considered as a refugee anymore and encouraged them to use the time left to access the resources earmarked by the Government of Rwanda and UNHCR for supporting returnees.
“Over 5000 Rwandan returnees will be supported to return home. Rwanda is a safe and the best place to live so there is no need to have refugees stay outside,” said Mr. Azam.
Through UNHCR support, Rwandan refugees who come back home receive a financial resettlement packages, where adults receive $250 while children get $150. 469 returnees received this cash support in November, 2016 only.
As a result of the Cessation Clause for Rwandan refugees which came into effect on June 30, 2013; 20, 784 refugees have returned home as of November 30, 2016.
The Government of Rwanda’s goal is to ensure that all refugees are repatriated and reintegrated into the community.