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Rwanda receives Burundian officials for discussions on repatriation of refugees

By IGIHE
On 19 December 2022 at 08:29

The Government of Rwanda has received a delegation from Burundi for refugee repatriation campaign aimed at sensitizing Burundians to return to their homeland.

The officials from Burundi led by the Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry in charge of Public Security arrived in Rwanda through Nemba One Stop Border Post in Bugesera District on Monday 19th December 2022.

Rwanda’s delegation that received Burundian officials include the Minister of Emergency Management; the Governor of Eastern Province, Emmanuel Gasana; his counterpart of Southern Province, Alice Kayitesi and the Mayor of Bugesera District, Mutabazi Richard.

Governor Gasana gave a warm welcome to the officials and took them through planned activities during their two-day stay in Rwanda where they will interact with officials from the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They will also interact with representatives of Burundian refugees living in Kigali City and other parts of the country and visit Mahama refugee camp.

The campaign is held for the first time since 2015, when over 80,000 Burundians fled to Rwanda amidst the insecurity that followed an attempted coup.

According to MINEMA, a total of 30,315 refugees have returned to Burundi since 2020.

Currently, 50, 329 Burundian refugees live in Rwanda, most of them in the Mahama refugee camp.

The delegation from Burundi with Rwandan officials after arriving at Nemba One Stop Border.

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