Working with African partners to shelter evacuated refugees in Rwanda

Region: Africa
Country: Rwanda
Year: 2018
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 101-500
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building

In 2018, Rwanda hosted over 140,000 refugees, with half arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the other half from Burundi. By that time, the arrival of Burundian refugees had slowed, compared to 2015 when the political insecurity was at its worst.

In 2019, the Government of Rwanda, UNHCR, and the African Union (AU) agreed on the necessity of building an Emergency Transit Mechanism (EMT) in Gashora, Rwanda for refugees being evacuated from Libya. It is estimated that 480 Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) were implemented in the Gashora EMT to facilitate the evacuation of refugees and migrants and improve resettlement opportunities.

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