Rwandan Refugees In Southwestern Uganda: Their Attitudes and Responses to Repatriation 1994-2012

Author: Karooma, Cleophas
This book is about the attitudes and responses of post-genocide Rwandan refugees have towards repatriation. Despite the fact that conditions in Rwanda that caused them to leave have abated, many refugees are reluctant to return. Dr. Karooma suggests that repatriation is not the best option at the present time and that remaining in places like Uganda for security purposes while reforms to make Rwanda safer are implemented.


"Karooma has introduced to the reader a rare triangulation that espouses a variety of approaches to the study of Rwandan refugees' problem in Uganda. The intention, as evidenced in the book, is to allow the different approaches to open up different levels of understanding and interpreting the phenomenon. Sadly and unfortunately, the Rwandan refugees' problem is compounded by the historical whole, as explicated on this book. This is informed by the events that have taken place right from the genesis of the problem that culminated in the exodus of the first wave of Rwandan refugees in Uganda in 1959. The major ethnic groups of Tutsi minority and Hutu majority in Rwanda have had complex and deep-rooted divergences that have over time polarized them. It is against this backdrop that this book book facilitates a sober understanding of territorial problem in question." Professor Adrian R. Mwesigye, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Adrian R. Mwesigye


Author's Preface

1. Introduction

2. Refugees' Repatriation and Decision-Making: Theoretical Underpinnings

3. Repatriation: Perceptions of Rwandan Refugees

4. Promoting Repatriation of Rwandan Refugees

5. Voluntariness and Desirability of Repatriation of Rwandan Refugees in Uganda

6. Constraints to Repatriation: Reluctance to Return

7. Durable or Beyond Durable Solutions for Rwandan Refugees in Uganda