UK proposes bill for migrant transfer to Rwanda

On 7 December 2023 at 07:00

The United Kingdom (UK) has introduced a bill allowing for the transfer of migrants to Rwanda, following the UK’s affirmation that Rwanda is and remains a safe country.

This initiative, disclosed by the UK’s Home Office, is scheduled for presentation to members of parliament on Thursday, December 7, 2023. The release of this bill follows one day after the return of the UK’s Home Secretary from Kigali, where a new treaty governing the deportation of illegal migrants was signed.

This legislative adjustment stems from concerns raised by the UK Supreme Court, which had previously criticized the initial 2022 Migration and Economic Development Partnership, deeming Rwanda a risky destination for migrants.

The new agreement and the accompanying bill aim to address the concerns raised by the Supreme Court, asserting Rwanda’s safety for migrants. The UK Home Office emphasizes that once enacted, this bill will codify in UK law the recognition of Rwanda as a safe destination.

The spokesperson for the UK Prime Minister’s Office stated that the goal is to "put an end to the arrival of small boats and address the root of the problem of illegal immigration."

This bill is presented as a pivotal element of the government’s deterrence program, with the aim of reducing the number of immigrants arriving by sea and preventing tragic incidents of drowning.

Since the beginning of this year, the UK has witnessed the illegal entry of more than 29,000 migrants. Additionally, in the preceding year, the country received 45,000 individuals who arrived illegally, marking the highest level of migrant reception ever recorded by the country.

During the Home Secretary’s recent visit to Kigali, the importance of addressing this issue at its roots to prevent criminals from exploiting the situation was emphasized. The minister also refuted criticisms questioning the safety of Rwanda for migrants.

Since the beginning of this year, the UK has witnessed the illegal entry of more than 29,000 migrants.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta exchanging documents with UK Home Secretary, James Cleverly after signing the revised migration treaty in Kigali.