UNHCR provides cash assistance to returnees in Rwanda

“UNHCR is providing a one-time cash assistance upon return to Rwanda.”

More than 3.4 million Rwandans refugees have been assisted to return home since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

UNHCR announced the closure the situation of Rwandan refugees who fled 1 January 1999 and recommended the cessation of their refugee status by 31 December 2017.

Returnees receive $250 USD/adult & $150 USD/child to ensure that their reintegration is dignified and sustainable.

In addition to receiving cash, returnees receive a 3 months food ration provided by WFP, as well as a one year health insurance provided by UNHCR.

Rwanda Returnee Statistics


2,408  Returnees in December 2017


17,097 Returnees  in 2017


86,862 Returnees since 2009


3,451,805 Returnees since 1994

Around UNHCR

Economic Inclusion of Refugees

Refugees are people with marketable skills and assets, who have a strong motivation to build their own livelihoods.

Participatory Assessment (PA)

The aim of the PA is to determine the level of knowledge and understanding, among persons of concern, of their rights and opportunities in Rwanda, as well as to hear their opinions on themes that are relevant to the provision of services by UNHCR.