In late 2017, Rwanda hosted some 172,000 refugees, including nearly 46 per cent from the Democratic Republic of Congo hosted in five camps, and 53 per cent from Burundi hosted in Mahama camp and urban areas.

The rate of people arriving from Burundi has decreased since the outbreak of political violence in 2015 and the influx into Rwanda is about 150 people per week.

Refugees in Rwanda are granted the right to work and the government has a policy of progressively integrating refugees into national systems for health and education.

Primary health care is provided in the camps by humanitarian staff and refugees are sent to local health facilities for secondary and tertiary referrals.

By 2017, more than 19,000 Burundian refugee students had been integrated into the Rwandan national school system.

(Updated February 2018) 

For information about our work in Rwanda:

  • Information for refugees and asylum-seekers in Rwanda –
  • Visit our country website - Rwanda (English)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
  • For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Rwanda, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

For information about our operation in Rwanda, please contact us through our Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.