The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the 10th and the 11th refugee evacuation convoys arrived from Libya to Rwanda.
UNHCR added that on the 18th and the 31st of August, it received two convoys evacuating 205 people of concern from Libya, to the ETM in Rwanda.
A delegation from Djibouti visited Rwanda, including the Mahama refugee camp on 26 August. This was to share best practices on refugee integration in national systems, as part of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework
96 Burundian refugees were repatriated from Rwanda, In addition to UNHCR Rwanda supporting the return of 13 Burundian refugees from Uganda.
In August, UNHCR announced that it has evacuated 103 asylum seekers from Libya to safety in Rwanda. “We urge countries to provide more legal pathways to help vulnerable asylum seekers find safety out of Libya,” and thanked “the donors for supporting these lifesaving flights.”
UNHCR tweeted that another batch of 174 Nigerian migrants in Libya arrived at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
In a statement, the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that the arrival was the 12th repatriation flight via Lagos Airport. An estimated 2,044 Nigerians have been returned from Libya this year.
NEMA added that the returnees arrived onboard an Al-Buraq Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which landed at around 3:35 pm.
The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed received the flight, alongside other government officials.
The returnees comprised 69 women, 75 men, 17 children, and 13 infants. NEMA noted that 23 had arrived with minor medical cases.
Habib noted the returnees were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation program.
He said the program was meant for distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries, but could not afford to return when their journey became impossible.