Jan 27, 2023

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UK-Rwanda deal: Asylum seekers to arrive in Kigali in a ‘few weeks’

The first batch of asylum seekers sent to Rwanda from the UK under a controversial new deal are likely to arrive in the east African nation “in the next few weeks”, officials in Kigali said on Thursday.

Since the deal announced last month that will allow Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda has drawn fierce criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in both countries and even the United Nations.



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According to the deal, the UK government will provide benefits to anyone entering the UK illegally, as well as anyone who entered Rwanda illegally since January 1st.

< In a statement released on Thursday, Alain Mukuralinda, Rwanda's deputy government spokesman, said: "The UK has informed the first group of around 50 people that they are being relocated and we expect to hear soon from o our UK partners are expected to be in arrive in the next few weeks."

Yolande Makolo, the government spokeswoman, confirmed that the “migrants (were) likely to arrive in the next few weeks.”

According to the Rwandan authorities The UK government will give Kigali up to £120 million (US$157 million, €144 million) and migrants will be “integrated into communities across the country.”

< p>The resettlement proposals of Tens of thousands of people set to be challenged in UK courts in the coming years have been slammed as “inhuman” by human rights groups.

Activists accuse the government of President Paul Kagame smashed dissent and maintained an iron grip on power, but when announcing the asylum deal on April 14, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Rwanda was “one of the safest countries in the world”.

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Kagame said last month that Kigali was not “trafficking in people” when it signed the deal.

“We actually help,” he said, describing the deal as one proposed by Rwanda “Innovation”.

He argued that Rwanda, a tiny nation in Africa’s Great Lakes region, “hosted refugees for decades,” mostly from neighboring countries.

According to the UN, hosted Rwanda last September more than 127,000 refugees, almost half of them Ki different The majority were Congolese, followed by Burundians.

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The UK government has tried to crack down on illegal immigration and last month Parliament passed controversial reforms introducing maximum life sentences for people smugglers.


The Citizenship and Borders Act also imposes tougher jail terms on anyone entering the country illegally, raising fears it could be used against asylum seekers and refugees.