Location: KIGALI, Rwanda On Sunday, the British government stated that deportations to Rwanda of asylum-seekers could begin within the next few months, pending a ruling by UK courts on the legality of the controversial policy.

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After Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s visit to the east African country, the Home Office stated that it hoped to begin flights “before the summer.” This was done to demonstrate the Conservative government’s continued dedication to the plan.

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, is where she met with President Paul Kagame and Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta, as well as visited a facility meant to house British deportees and laid a brick at a separate housing development for migrants. It is estimated that over a thousand homes will be constructed as part of the project.

Through our collaboration, “I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the rich opportunities this country can provide to relocated people,” Braverman said.

Biruta promised that Rwanda would provide refugees with “the opportunity to build new lives in a safe, secure place through accommodation, education, and vocational training.”

Yolande Makolo, a government spokeswoman for Rwanda, told reporters that her country is prepared to accept thousands of British migrants. She added that she does not view life in Rwanda as “a punishment.” She assured them that Rwanda will do everything in its power to ensure the agreement’s success.

Almost a year ago, the United Kingdom and Rwanda reached an agreement under which some migrants arriving in the United Kingdom by small boat would be flown to Rwanda, where their asylum claims would be processed. Those who were given asylum would prefer to remain in Rwanda.

The British government claims this new policy will destroy the market for people smugglers and discourage people from making the perilous crossing of the English Channel.
In 2022, over 45,000 people sailed to Britain, up significantly from the 8,500 who did so the year before.
Although $170 million was budgeted for the plan, no one has been dispatched to Rwanda because of the ongoing legal challenges. High Court ruled in favor of the policy in December, but a group of asylum-seekers from countries like Iran, Iraq, and Syria have been given the right to appeal.

Human rights organizations argue that it’s inhumane to force people to relocate more than 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) to a country where they don’t want to live simply because of Rwanda’s poor human rights record.
The government has also drafted legislation that would prevent those who arrive in the UK in small boats or by other unauthorized means from applying for asylum. If the Illegal Migration Bill passes, the government will be required to detain illegal immigrants before sending them back home or to a “safe third country” like Rwanda.
The UNHCR claims the law violates the UK’s obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Braverman has been criticized for taking a select group of reporters and photographers to Rwanda on the public’s dime. The BBC and the left-leaning Guardian were not invited, while journalists from right-leaning outlets like The Times and The Telegraph and television channel GB News were.