On June 30, 2013 the implementation of the Cessation Clause for Rwandan refugees came into effect as recommended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This recommendation applies to Rwandan refugees who fled the country between 1959 and December 31, 1998.
The Cessation Clause for Rwandan refugees was invoked after the UNHCR and the international community realised that fundamental changes had taken place in Rwanda, and that all circumstances that led to massive exile of Rwandans had ceased to exist.
Thus, Rwanda and host countries were requested to start implementing all aspects of that clause, including the promotion of voluntary repatriation and reintegration of Rwandan refugees, local integration or alternative legal status in countries of asylum, continuing to meet the needs of those individuals unable to return to Rwanda for protection-related reasons and elaborating a common schedule leading to the cessation of refugee status.
In this regards, the Government of Rwanda has established sustainable programmes and mechanisms for effective repatriation and reintegration of Rwandan refugees.