Kigali Debate - A monthly FES dialogue organized in partnership with IRDP

In a debate organised this week by the Kigali-based Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung Rwanda, experts from governmental and non-governmental organisations examined why it was important to implement an ‘Open Visa Policy in Africa’.


Experts have said that many countries in Africa can gain more by opening up their borders to visitors. Rwanda's open visa policy, which has allowed issuing visas to all citizens of the world on arrival in the country since 2018.

Since January 1, 2018, all visitors to Rwanda have received a 30-day visa upon arrival without prior application.

Recognizing that migration movements exist all over the world, they can be "managed" and what should be done to ensure successful integration of refugees.

Dr. Pierre Claver Rutayisire, an expert in demography and a lecturer on Migration and Spatial Mobility, is one of the keynote speakers at the African Center for Excellence in Data Science. He looked at the migration policies of African countries, pointing out the need for them to come up with friendly policies.

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