Towards the end of April 2021, Danish Immigration Minister Mattias Tesfaye visited Rwanda where he signed the MoU along with Prof. Nshuti Manasseh, the Minister of State in charge of East African Community.
At the time, Danish media reported that the country planned to finance the establishment of a camp in Rwanda and transfer its asylum seekers and refugees to Rwanda alluding to signed agreement.
Danish media also recounted that asylum seekers illegally staying in Denmark would be sent to Rwanda as they await confirmation of asylum status.
During a press conference held today to brief the media on various key local, regional and global issues; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta has said that Rwanda enjoys cordial relations with Denmark.
Minister Biruta explained that recently signed MoU regards cooperation on asylum and migration issues highlighting that it has no clauses to send refugees from Denmark to Rwanda.
He stressed that the cooperation on asylum and immigration issues involves the management of a refugee transit camp in Bugesera but dealing with refugees’ problem in a broader perspective.
“Signing such agreements signifies that we are ready to discuss the issue but have no clauses of hosting asylum seekers illegally staying in Denmark,” he said.
Dr. Biruta further stated that agreements are entered into in adherence to international norms and provisions for human rights.
He said that refugees assisted under such circumstances need to be protected and helped to sort out their problem taking into consideration their dignity and rights.
“Any contribution to address refugees’ problems is in light of that context. It is about international norms, their dignity and rights,” he noted.
Denmark accommodates over 35,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in the country for the past ten years.