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Given Rwanda’s peace and stability since the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 and its geographical location, the country has become a safe haven for people fleeing conflicts and other hardships in the region. Rwanda hosts thousands of refugees from neighbouring countries in refugee camps as well as in urban settings. As of 30 April 2018, Rwanda accommodates 158,194 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (74,276) and Burundi (83,918).  

Additionally, the country is also receiving Rwandan nationals who are returning home after years spent living as refugees or asylum seekers abroad. Over 3.4 million refugees returned in the peaceful years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. 

IOM Rwanda actively supports the Government of Rwanda in all its migration related efforts. Among the key issues being addressed in close partnership with the government are diaspora engagement, human trafficking, return and reintegration of Rwandan nationals and refugee resettlement to third countries. 

IOM Rwanda provided humanitarian assistance in the months after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and continued to work in Rwanda until 1999. The office then re-opened in 2008.

Migration Management

Counter trafficking

Improving knowledge, enforcement and coordination in counter trafficking 

In support of the Rwandan Government’s efforts to end Trafficking in Persons (TIP), IOM Rwanda implements a project with UNICEF and UN Women as partners. The joint project increases the knowledge and capacities of relevant actors regarding the development and implementation of effective, evidence-based counter-trafficking policies, regulations and legislations and increase the efforts to identify trafficked persons, investigate trafficking cases, and prosecute trafficking offenders. The aim is to assist both the Government of Rwanda and civil society organizations in Rwanda, to strengthen their capacity to respond to all forms of internal and cross border human trafficking, including trafficking of children and to identify and protect victims.

Population (2016):11.9 million
Area:26,338 km sq
Languages :French, Kinyarwanda, English, Swahili
Currency:Rwanda Franc (RWF)
GDP per Capita PPP (2016):USD 8.367 billion
HDI Rank (2015):159 of 188
Remittances (2016):1.9 % of GDP
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020) (UNICEF, 2013):-0.68 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2017):3.6%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2017):50.2%
Population under 15 (2016):40.5%
HIV Prevalence, 15-49 years of age (UNAIDS 2016):3.1%

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
KG 632 St
Gasasa 239, Rugando Cell
Kimihurura P.O. Box 1126,
Kigali, Rwanda

Email: iomrwanda@iom.int
Tel: +250 788 38 97 23

IOM MHD Rwanda:
Tel: +250 788 38 36 67

Public Information Focal Point:
Emma Masabo, emasabo@iom.int

Working hours: 

Monday: 8 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.