Some 48 foreign nationals, staying illegally in Burundi, have been rounded up in the past few days in Bujumbura, the capital city, and in other parts of the country, the deputy spokesman of the Burundian National Police, Pierre Nkurikiye, announced here Thursday.
He stated that there are 38 Rwandan nationals among them.
The move to apprehend illegal aliens took place a day after the Burundian Home ministry announced that the refugee status of Rwandan living in the country between 1959 and 1988 will come to an end on 27 February, 2014.
In the 1950s, Burundi served as a safe haven for refugees and a socio-professional reintegration for thousands of Rwandan nationals, particularly Tutsis, had taken place in Burundi.
In the 1990s, some refugees from the ethnic Hutu majority sought asylum in the neighbouring Burundi, fleeing the civil war in their country.