Rwanda rejects claims of taking in 4000 African migrants from Israel

On 12 February 2018 at 06:14

Rwanda has rejected claims of taking in African migrants from Israel in the past four years. It has been a while since Media houses across the continent and Israel were claiming that Rwanda refused to discuss the issue of African Migrants.

According to these false claims, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees declared that between 2013-2017, Israel secretly sent more than 4000 African migrants in Rwanda.

There is no proof confirming that it was an announcement given away by an official from UNHCR.

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community (MINAFFET), Ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe fiercely rebuked these claims, clarifying that such a great number would not be able to go unnoticed.

Via his twitter account, he said “When and where did UNHCR announce this? Who can actually believe that such a big number of people would come in Rwanda and pass unnoticed? Those claims are false.”

The issue of African migrants between Rwanda and Israel have been going for some time.

Rwanda has been rejecting claims of signing a controversial deal to take in African migrants from Israel.

In response to some migrants who were protesting in front the Rwandan Embassy in Israel, Nduhungirehe said his country has no deal whatsoever with Israel regarding African Migrants and that they were given "fake news".

"Rwanda has no deal whatsoever with Israel to host any African migrant from that country. The problem is that some still don’t want to believe it" he said.

At the end of January, in DAVOS, Switzerland — President Paul Kagame told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Rwanda would only accept asylum-seekers if the move was made in accordance with international law.

However Israeli media claimed that the authorities seeking to expel up to 40000 migrants cut a deal with Rwanda, reportedly paying USD$5000 to the Rwandan government or any other country for every deported African asylum seeker the country accepts.

The deportation has come under scrutiny by human rights groups which accuse Israel of violating the rights of the refugees and putting their lives in danger.

Olivier Nduhungirehe