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UK plans to send over 30,000 migrants to Rwanda

By Esther Muhozi
On 3 January 2024 at 08:32

The British government has officially announced that a total of 33,085 migrants are set for relocation to Rwanda pending approval from Members of Parliament, who are yet to endorse the implementation of this plan.

Since the enactment of the immigration policy, which grants ministers the authority to detain illegal immigrants and facilitate their deportation to another country, the UK has granted permission for these individuals to stay.

The government has recently confirmed that applications approved under this policy will result in migrants being sent to Rwanda while their claims are processed.

According to The Telegraph, this directive implies that asylum seekers arriving after the issuance of this order in July 2023 will be initially directed to Rwanda during the processing period for approval or rejection.

The governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom solidified their commitment to collaboration on migration issues and economic development through a revised agreement signed on December 15, 2023, following the Supreme Court’s determination that the initial plan was legally unacceptable.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak emphasized that this agreement addresses concerns about Rwanda’s safety for immigrants and asylum seekers.

The approval of Parliament members was a crucial step to confirm Rwanda’s safety. Initial voting by deputies has been favorable, and the pending decision from members of the second chamber of UK’s parliament anticipated in January 2024.


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