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Rwanda Seeks to Strengthen Cooperation with IOM

Ashley James Carl, the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Rwanda has this Wednesday met and held talks with Dr Vincent Biruta Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

According to details from Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, the two leaders “explored further opportunities to expand partnerships between Rwanda and the IOM.”

Their meeting comes at a time a Global Refugee Forum 2023 is taking place from 13 to 15 December at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland.

The International community is grappling with an ever increasing challenge of refugees and the countries and communities hosting them.

Rwanda is a major player in fixing the global refugees challenge.

As of end of September 2023, Rwanda hosted 135,733 refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced populations.

On 5 December, the UK signed a new migration treaty with Rwanda.

some asylum seekers arriving in the UK would be sent to Rwanda for processing.

On arrival, they could be granted refugee status and allowed to stay. If not, they could apply to settle there on other grounds, or seek asylum in another “safe third country”.

The government gave £140m to Rwanda in 2022.

On 7 December, the Home Office’s top civil servant confirmed that a further £100m was given to the country in 2023, with a payment of £50m “anticipated” in 2024.

Source: Taarifa