EU increases funding to support refugees evacuated from Libya to Rwanda

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 10 Feb 2023, 09:11 PM
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The European Union has announced a €22 million support package to the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Rwanda operated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Government of Rwanda.

The ETM provides a life-saving channel to evacuate refugees and asylum seekers in need of international protection from Libya to Rwanda. 

While these individuals temporarily remain in Rwanda, the ETM provides shelter as well as access to health, psychosocial support, and livelihood trainings for evacuees during the processing of their files and identification of future solutions, including onward resettlement to third countries.

This latest round of funding builds on an earlier Phase I support package of €12.5 million between 2019 and April 2022. 

The EU also funds another ETM in Niger, through which more than 4,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been evacuated out of Libya since 2017.

On this occasion, Ambassador Calvo Uyarra said: “The Emergency Transit Mechanism in Rwanda is a crucial life-saving initiative to evacuate people facing major threats and inhumane conditions in Libya to safety in Rwanda. It is a significant example of African solidarity and of partnership with the European Union. We are grateful to the Government of Rwanda for hosting these men, women and children until such time, durable solutions can be found.”

UNHCR has evacuated about 1,500 refugees and asylum-seekers out of Libya to Rwanda since September 2019.

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