Given Rwanda’s peace and stability since the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 and its geographical location, the country has become a safe haven for people fleeing conflicts and other hardships in the region. Rwanda hosts thousands of refugees from neighbouring countries in refugee camps as well as in urban settings. As of 31 May 2022, Rwanda hosts 127,369 refugees mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo  and Burundi.  

IOM Rwanda actively supports the Government of Rwanda in sound migration management. This encompasses labour migration and human development – including diaspora mobilization and engagement, counter trafficking, return and reintegration, refugee resettlement to third countries, border management and Disaster Risk Reduction.

IOM Rwanda’s work is informed by the principles and priorities set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the IOM Regional Strategy 2020 – 2024 for EHoA and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2018 – 2024. 

IOM Rwanda interventions are also in line with the strategies and objectives of the Government, donors, and other key actors within the sphere of migration.