Rwanda Receives Over 90 Asylum Seekers from Libya

On March 21, the Rwandan newspaper The New Times reported that the Rwandan government had received 91 asylum seekers from Libya, under a program supported by the UN Refugee Agency.

This is the 17th group of asylum seekers who have been deported to Rwanda since 2019, when the program was created in collaboration between Rwanda, the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union. 

Rwanda first began to host refugees from Libya after it was revealed that tens of thousands of Africans were being stranded and sold as slaves in Libya. Libya is a primary departure point for Africans seeking to make it to Europe. 

Rwanda is home to more than 135,000 refugees, according to the U.N.