Original Language
Number of Pages
Reference Number
Date of upload

09 Oct 2020

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in Germany

The Rwandan diaspora mapping report in Germany aimed to ascertain and transmit a profile that outlines the number, gender composition, geographic distribution and professional skills, training and expertise of the Rwandans living in Germany. 

Realizing the importance of its diaspora in economic development, the Government of Rwanda would like to identify the conditions and factors that are necessary to engage the diaspora in the development of their country of origin. The Government of Rwanda believes that there is a real need for a well-established structural and strategic framework, both in Rwanda and abroad, to mobilize, coordinate and integrate the Rwandan diaspora into national development of Rwanda, thus the mapping exercise to provide evidence-based information for policy formulation. 

The report was drafted in close coordination with IOM in Berlin, the Government of Rwanda and IOM Rwanda. It was then reviewed by the Regional Thematic Specialists, the Labour Mobility and Human Development Programme of the Regional Office in Nairobi, IOM Germany, the Government of Rwanda in Kigali and its embassy in Germany. 

  • List of acronyms
  • List of figures
  • Executive summary
  • 1. Background, methodology and definitions
    • 1.1. Background
    • 1.2. Methodology
    • 1.3. Definitions
  • 2. Overview of the Rwandan diaspora in Germany
    • 2.1. Historical migration movements and groups
    • 2.2. Flows and stock in 2017
    • 2.3. Naturalization
    • 2.4. Geographical distribution
    • 2.5. Educational and work background
  • 3. The diaspora’s relationship to Rwanda 
    • 3.1. Affiliation to Rwanda
    • 3.2. Diaspora awareness on Rwanda’s socioeconomic situation
    • 3.3. Knowledge on German development aid in Rwanda
    • 3.4. Diaspora expectations from the Government of Rwanda
  • 4. Diaspora networks in Germany
    • 4.1. Networks and community organizations
    • 4.2. Diaspora representation
    • 4.3. Participation in networks
    • 4.4. Communication within the networks
  • 5. Diaspora engagement in development
    • 5.1. Diaspora awareness and interest to contribute
    • 5.2. Participation and interest in vocational training in Rwanda
    • 5.3. Challenges and obstacles to contributions
  • 6. Sectors of development engagement
    • 6.1. Supporting schools and education
    • 6.2. Vocational training
    • 6.3. Investment
    • 6.4. Health, civil society and culture
    • 6.5. Remittances
    • 6.6. Future initiatives
  • Annex: Questionnaire for mapping Rwandan diaspora in Germany
  • Bibliography