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.

3,022 Returnees in November 2017

48% increase  in returnees from October to November 2017

14,936 returnees  in 2017

84,701 Returnees since 2009

3,449,644 Returnees since 1994

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Economic Inclusion of Refugees

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


Governments normally guarantee the basic human rights and physical security of their citizens. But when people become refugees, this safety net disappears.