IOM in Rwanda

For more than two decades Rwanda has experienced increased political, economic and social stability. In addition its strategic geographical location has made it a safe haven for migrants and refugees from neighboring countries fleeing conflict and political instability.

The migration dynamics in Rwanda are very unique as the country has a considerable number of refugees and has been receiving Rwandan nationals returning home after years of living as refugees or asylum seekers abroad. So far, over 3.4 Million people have returned since the 1994 genocide.

As the leading intergovernmental organization on migration IOM supports the Government of Rwanda in management of migration related issues. Among the key issues being addressed in partnership with the government are Diaspora Engagement, Human Trafficking, Return and Reintegration of Rwandan nationals and Refugee Resettlement to third countries.

Facts and Figures

Capital Kigali
Total Land Area: 26,338 km²

French, Kinyarwanda, English,


Currency: Rwandan Francs (RWF)
Population (year): 11.9 million (2016)
Population under 15 years of age (year): 40.5 percent (2016)
Life Expectancy at Birth, Total (year): 67.129 years (2016)
HIV Prevalence, 15-49 years of age (year): 3,1 percent (UNAIDS, 2016)
HDI Rank (year): 159 of 188 (2015)
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020) -0.68 migrants/1,000 population (UNICEF, 2013)
International Migrant Stock as a Percentage of the Population (year): 3,6 percent (2017)
Women as a Percentage of International Migrant Stock (year): 50,2 percent (2017)
GDP per Capita PPP (year): 8.367 billion USD (2016)
Personal Remittances, Received (year): 1,9 % of GDP (2016)

International Organization for Migration (IOM) 
KG 632 St 
Gasasa 239, Rugando Cell 
Kimihurura P.O. Box 1126, 
Kigali, Rwanda 

Tel: +250 252 586710