IDMC's Rwanda page provides an overview of the latest figures and key concerns facing internally displaced people in the country.
31 July 2012 | Country Page
The Rwandan government encourages returns and considers returnees as a vulnerable group, at least in the context of economic development
31 December 2008 | Summary
01 November 2005 | Map
Almost five years after the UN stopped counting internally displaced people (IDPs) in Rwanda, there are still 180,000 relocated families living under plastic sheeting, in damaged shelters or temporarily occupying other people's homes.
12 July 2005 | Country Profile
In 1998 and 1999 the Rwandan government and the UN recognised around 650,000 people in makeshift camps as internally displaced (IDPs) in the north-western prefectures of Ruhengeri and Gisenyi. These IDPs have been uprooted when an insurgency in the two provinces was put down by the Tutsi-dominated government in 1997-1998. In December 2000, the UN ceased to consider them as such, arguing that “governmental and international efforts to stabilise the situation through durable solutions have advanced beyond the threshold of what still could be called internal displacement”.
12 July 2005 | Country Profile
More than four years after the issue of internal displacement was taken off the agenda in Rwanda, conditions in the villages inhabited by the resettled IDPs call for renewed attention to the question of whether internal displacement has ended with the implementation of durable solutions, as required by the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.
08 July 2005 | Overview
This research focuses on the question of whether durable solutions to the issue of internal displacement have been implemented in Rwanda.
01 July 2005 | Publication
Almost three years after UN stopped classing people as IDPs in Rwanda, there are still nearly 200,000 relocated families in inadequate shelter. Their conditions are little different from those officially classified as internally displaced, despite UN claims that the situation in the country has “advanced beyond” this.
23 July 2003 | Country Profile
More than seven years after the genocide, 70 percent of the Rwandan population remains under the poverty line and approximately 192,000 families still live in inadequate shelters (U.S. DOS 4 March 2002 & Brookings Initiative in Rwanda November 2001 Annex 4 III). Most of them were resettled in 1998-1999 by the Rwandan government in the context of the "villagization" process.
05 March 2002 | Country Profile
Seven years after the genocide, 66 percent of the Rwandan population remain under the poverty line and up to 1.5 million people live in inadequate shelters (WFP 4 December 2000 & OCHA 2 February 2001). Many were resettled in 1998-1999 by the Rwanda government in the context of the villagization process and there is a debate at the international level whether they should still be counted as internally displaced.
23 May 2001 | Country Profile
Six years after the genocide Rwanda is still living with consequences. Although most people who fled their homes in the aftermath of the genocide have returned home, problems of displacement continued in 1997/98 with a rebel insurgency in the north. Currently about 1.5 million people are considered by the UN to be in a 'refugee-like situation' (OCHA 10 Oct 2000).
30 October 2000 | Country Profile