On January 10th in London and 11th in Coventry the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Rwanda High Commission (RHC) and the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) co-hosted these events in the UK for the Rwandan community to present findings and recommendations from a recent study of Rwandans in the UK and gather feedback and comments on the content; to provide an overview of Rwanda’s diaspora policies, initiatives and opportunities; and to showcase individual diaspora engagement experiences from Rwandans living in the UK. The events also provide an opportunity for networking and wider discussions on diaspora engagement within the Rwandan community in the UK.
This study was part of a four-country research project that examined Rwandan communities in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK between May and September 2018. The Rwandan diaspora study held concentrated across three major urban areas, London, the Midlands, and Manchester and the North, with smaller groups in Scotland, the rest of England, and Wales.
Over 120 guests from the diaspora attended this insightful study presentation with thoughts and ways forward given by Her Excellency Ms Yamina Karitanyi from the Rwandan High Commission and Alice Karara from IOM Rwanda.
Following feedback from the events, steps are being taken to explore the possibility of re-opening the research study for a short period of time. To contribute to the Rwandan in UK research please click here. To be notified when the final study is published click here.