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Rwanda Welcomes More Than 150 Libyan Asylum Seekers


On December 28th, 2023 Rwanda welcomed a group of 153 asylum seekers evacuated from Libya, as announced by the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA).

This diverse group comprised individuals from Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. They are to be housed at the Gashora Transit Center in the Eastern Province, a facility already hosting previous evacuees.

This recent arrival marks the 16th batch of asylum seekers from Libya that Rwanda has received. The collective efforts have seen Rwanda provide refuge to a total of 2,059 individuals in need since September 2019.

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A significant proportion, approximately 68%, have successfully been resettled to third countries, including Canada, Sweden, Norway, the United States, France, Finland, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

MINEMA has reaffirmed Rwanda’s commitment to extending refuge and support to those displaced by affirming through various communications, including a post on platform X, their dedication to aiding people in dire need of sanctuary.


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