UK Home Secretary in Rwanda to strengthen migration deal

With our correspondent in Kigali, Lucy Mouillat

It is the first official visit by a member of the British government to Kigali since the election of conservative Rishi Sunak last October. An opportunity for Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Vincent Bruta to reiterate his commitment to the UK.

We just finished a meeting where we discussed our partnership on migration and economic development. This innovative partnership represents an important development in our efforts to address irregular immigration. And we are happy to work closely with the UK on this matter. »

In Kigali, the British Home Secretary visited new settlements intended to house refugees sent to Rwanda by the United Kingdom. An agreement between the two countries was announced Legalized by the British High Court in December, is still being challenged in court by a group of asylum seekers. But according to Suella Braverman, the UK hopes to implement its partnership with Rwanda soon.

Today we signed our agreement to expand support measures for displaced people in Rwanda. There is a global migration crisis, and I sincerely hope that this leading partnership between two allies and two friends will lead to it. »

A hearing is scheduled for mid-April to examine the appeals court proceedings against the deal. Many organizations condemned it Protection of human rights.

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