The first deportation flight to Rwanda carrying people who arrived in the UK without permission will take place on Tuesday, after the announcement, on 31, of Priti Patel – there was already a group of asylum seekers who had received official notifications of documents advising the UK Home Office to take them to the eastern country Africa.
It is not known how many people will be sent to Rwanda on this first flight nor how they were identified – and authorities have confirmed that those to be deported are already in custody.
The British official indicated that the policy aims to break people-smuggling networks and stop the flow of migrants through the English Channel. The UK Home Secretary declared: “Our world-leading partnership with Rwanda is an essential part of our strategy to reform the asylum system and break the human traffickers business model.” “The announcement is another crucial step towards achieving this partnership and while we know that attempts will be made to thwart the process and delay removals, I will not be deterred and will remain fully committed to delivering what the British public has come to expect.”
Home Office officials stated that they are in talks with all individuals to ensure that the process is fully understood and that people receive adequate support prior to departure. “Once in Rwanda, there is a generous support package, including up to five years of training, accommodation and medical care. Through this partnership, the UK is also investing approximately €141 million up front in Rwanda’s economic development and growth.”
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