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Rwanda signs an agreement with the United Kingdom to welcome migrants into the country. Rwanda has signed an agreement with London to welcome migrants and asylum seekers of various nationalities from the United Kingdom, Kigali announced today, as part of a visit by the British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, to the country.

Kigali, Rwanda | Rwanda welcomes this partnership with the United Kingdom to welcome asylum seekers and migrants, and offer them legal ways to live” in the country, said Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta, in a statement released by Agence France Press.

“It’s about ensuring that people are protected, respected and can fulfill their own ambitions and settle permanently in Rwanda if they wish,” added Biruta.

The British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, is also expected to announce in Rwanda today details of what the UK Government calls an “economic development partnership”, according to the Associated Press.

The British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, is also expected to announce in Rwanda today details of what the UK Government calls an “economic development partnership”, according to the Associated Press.

The British government’s plan is to resend single men arriving in the UK from across the English Channel in small boats, flying them 6,400 kilometers to Rwanda, while their asylum applications are processed, according to media outlets. media evoked by the AP.

Simon Hart, Minister for the Government of Wales, indicated that the agreement will cost the United Kingdom around 120 million pounds (144.5 million euros) and aims to “break” the business model of the criminal gangs of human trafficking.

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According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this law, if passed, will violate the Geneva Convention on Refugees, which the UK has signed.

Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK’s director for refugees, quoted by the AP, considered the “shockingly ill-conceived [British] Government idea will go much further, inflicting suffering while wasting huge amounts of public money”.

Valdez-Symonds stressed that Rwanda’s “dismal” record in terms of human rights makes the idea even worse.

Enver Solomon, executive director of the Council for Refugees, a UK-based non-governmental organization, said this agreement was “a cruel and unpleasant decision” and would not stop human trafficking gangs.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to deliver a speech today on combating trafficking in persons across the English Channel. According to Downing Street No. 10, Johnson will say that action is needed to stop “people traffickers [who] are abusing the most vulnerable and turning the canal into a watery graveyard, with men, women and children drowning them.” on boats without conditions and suffocating in refrigerated trucks”.


Migrants have long arrived in the UK via northern France, either hiding in lorries or ferries, or – increasingly since the Covid-19 pandemic closed other routes in 2020 – on rafts and small boats, on crossings. organized by traffickers.

More than 28,000 people entered the UK on small boats last year, up from 8,500 in 2020 and just 300 in 2018. The death toll has continued to rise. The British and French governments worked for years to prevent cross-Channel voyages, without much success, frequently exchanging accusations about who is to blame for the failure.

Last year, the UK agreed to contribute £54m (€65m) to help French authorities double the number of police patrols guarding French beaches.

The British Conservative government has put forward a number of suggestions to stem the flow of migrants, including building a wave machine in the English Channel to drive boats back to where they are coming from, and sending migrants to third countries.

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Several Governments and responsible authorities with whom he tried to negotiate this solution – including Ascension Island, Albania and Gibraltar – rejected it.

British opposition politicians accuse the government of Boris Johnson of trying with this agreement to distract attention from the scandal of the Conservative leader’s own breach of confinement rules at parties organized in Downing Street.

Johnson is on a list of dozens of people fined by police for attending such parties, making him the first British leader to break the law during one term.

Several opponents, including some in his own party, have called on Boris Johnson to step down.

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