Rwanda opens up for African migrants refused by Europe

The situation for African refugees in Libya, and the unwillingness of EU to facilitate them, has sparked the president of the tiny country of Rwanda to help out.

President Kagame welcomed the “opportunity for Rwanda to also support refugees stranded in Libya, at these difficult times”.

The Rwandan offer is consistent with Mr Kagame’s record of engagement in the migration problem.

- The desperate situation in Libya is disturbing and we are prepared to provide support and sanctuary for our African brothers who are stuck in the immigration debacle in Libya, and who are willing to move to Rwanda,” President Kagame said.

President Kagame are among many African leaders invited to the G7 meeting scheduled for August 24-26 in French coastal town of Biarritz. The issue of resettling the African immigrants is expected to feature in the meeting.

- We are indeed exploring the Rwandan evacuation option alongside the African Union as we try to find a solution to this,” Vincent Cochetel, UN High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy for the Central Mediterranean said.

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