Rwanda has offered African Migrants in Libya the chance to relocate and live a better life.
The East African country says it would provide the migrants scrambling for greener pastures in the war-torn North African country work permits and freedom of movement in an effort to lure them out of current predicaments.
According to sources with knowledge of the development, Rwanda had also agreed to provide the migrants access to education and identification documents. Human Rights advocates have welcomed the commitment of the Rwandan government to be held with the inhumane migrant situation in Libya. “The embassy also assured the congress officials that all refugees in Rwanda would have protection and that nobody would be forcibly repatriated,” an official told The EastAfrican.
The deal would answer two main concerns of human-rights groups—free movement and protection of the refugees and it is not clear if the relocation would be on a permanent or temporary basis.
Five hundred refugees are expected to relocate from Libya under the deal but Rwanda said it could take as high as 30,000 under an “emergency transit mechanism” funded by the EU and the UN.
The EastAfrican reports that Rwanda is working out the final details with UNHCR and the Libyan government and the country is “ready to go as soon as they get the green light.”
There are at least 641,398 migrants who originated from more than 39 countries currently present in Libya. They were identified in all 100 municipalities, within 565 communities, according to the 25th round of the International Organisation for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) data collection, which took place in March, April and May 2019.