Why does the UK want to send asylum seekers to Rwanda?

2023-12-05 17:09:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Why does the UK want to send asylum seekers to Rwanda?
Home Secretary James Cleverly

Home Secretary James Cleverly has signed a new treaty with Rwanda designed to address concerns about the government's plan to send asylum seekers there.

In November, the UK High Court ruled that the scheme was illegal because of the risk that asylum seekers sent to Rwanda could be returned to their countries of origin, where they could face harm.

On December 5, Mr Cleverly traveled to Rwanda's capital, Kigali, to sign a new migration treaty.

The government says this ensures that any person sent to Rwanda to seek asylum does not risk being sent to a third country where they may face harm.

He also announced a new independent monitoring committee to ensure Rwanda complies with the treaty and a new appeals body.

Reports have suggested that British lawyers may also be sent to the country to help strengthen its asylum system./ CNA

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