The Rwandan government is committed to its international obligation to receive and protect refugees, the Ministry of Emergency Management said Saturday in a message to commemorate World Refugee Day.
“The Government of Rwanda in partnership with different stakeholders reiterates its commitment to ensuring the security and protection of refugees, as well as improving their well-being through access to basic services, education, documentation, jobs and socio-economic opportunities,” a statement issued by the ministry said.
Rwanda currently hosts nearly 149,000 refugees of different nationalities, as well as African refugees evacuated from Libya under the Emergency Transit Mechanism, according to the ministry.
Refugees are able to participate in local economies to increase levels of self-reliance, said the ministry.
Noting that this year’s commemoration took place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement said the government is working with other stakeholders to ensure refugees are protected against the pandemic, through appropriate preventive and recovery measures.
The ministry encouraged concerned parties to implement comprehensive solutions that will reassure and enable refugees to voluntarily return home, in safe and dignified conditions.
While humanitarian response and other durable solutions are necessary, there is no better place than home, it said.
World Refugee Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees globally. Enditem