UK signs new deal to relocate migrants to Rwanda

UK signs new deal to relocate migrants to Rwanda
The move was announced by UK Home Secretary James Wise and the Rwandan government after the Supreme Court suspended the scheme last month| Photo: EFE/Andre Borges

UK Home Secretary James Wise and Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Vincent Bruta signed a new deal in the Rwandan capital Kigali today (5) to relocate migrants illegally entering British territory as part of the London Programme. Reduce migration.

The deal aims to legalize British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, which the UK’s Supreme Court – the country’s highest court – ruled illegal in November.

“The new agreement we signed addresses all the concerns of the Supreme Court judges. We are working closely with our Rwandan partners to ensure this happens,” Wise said at a press conference in Kigali.

Rwanda’s foreign minister also supported the new deal. “We believe that we are doing the right thing to contribute to solving this global migration crisis. Until we solve the root cause that creates these refugees, it makes no sense to continue criticizing a country like Rwanda that contributes to the solution. We have been wronged by international organizations, the press and the courts,” he said.

Last month, the UK Supreme Court ruled that, in light of the evidence, asylum seekers sent to Rwanda were at risk of deportation to their home countries.

The decision was a major setback for the British Conservative government’s migration policy – the Rwanda Project – launched in April 2020 when Boris Johnson was prime minister. and France.

The plan was also supported by the Rwandan government, which reiterated on several occasions that it was “committed” to its agreement with London.

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On Monday (4), the Sunak government had already announced new measures to limit migrant arrivals, such as barring foreigners who come to the country to work as health care providers from accompanying family members and increasing the salary cap for skilled foreign workers. Get permission to live in the UK.

Last year, about 745,000 immigrants arrived in the country. The government hopes to reduce this number by 300,000 with the new rules. (with EFE Agency)

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