UK sends first asylum seeker to Rwanda

UK sends first asylum seeker to Rwanda

A new British law aims to deport migrants who arrive illegally, wherever they come from, to Rwanda, which will examine their asylum claims. Whatever the outcome, they will not be able to return to the UK.

British media reported on Tuesday that the United Kingdom sent its first asylum seeker to Rwanda on Monday, as part of a voluntary program for migrants whose asylum applications were rejected.

The British government adopted a controversial law a week ago allowing migrants who arrived in the country illegally to be deported to Rwanda. The man who left the United Kingdom on Monday had agreed to leave for Kigali after his asylum application was rejected, according to what several British media outlets reported.

5,700 evictions by the end of the year

The British government said on Tuesday that it hoped to extradite him to Rwanda “By the end of the year” An already identified group of 5,700 asylum seekers. The new law, backed by a new treaty between London and Kigali, aims to expel migrants who have arrived illegally, wherever they come from, to Rwanda, which will examine their asylum claim. Whatever the outcome, they will not be able to return to the UK.

The text states that Rwanda is a safe country and stipulates that the government will be able to bypass potential injunctions issued by the European Court of Human Rights aimed at preventing expulsions. From the United Nations to Christian churches, calls have multiplied to urge the United Kingdom to abandon its project.

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