The United Kingdom and Rwanda say the implementation of the UK-Rwanda migration and economic development partnership is taking shape, said UK Home Affairs Secretary Suella Braverman, who is in Rwanda on a two-day working visit, as the first batch of asylum seekers The seekers will reach Rwanda ‘very soon’.
Braverman, who arrived in Rwanda on Saturday morning, said he was impressed by what he saw in Rwanda, after visiting various sites including the Bwiza Riverside Estate in Nyarunge district, where refugees arriving from the UK will be held, and East Africa’s Norsken Largest innovation hub for young entrepreneurs.
Braverman later held a meeting with Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, to discuss issues of bilateral importance, including plans to airlift asylum seekers from Britain.
The two officials reiterated that the move will not only prevent thousands of immigrants from crossing the English Channel, but it will also prevent them from making precarious journeys as well as protect them from human trafficking cartels.
Braverman, who said Rwanda has the capacity to receive thousands of asylum seekers, said he was confident his government would be successful with the plan to relocate asylum seekers, despite legal challenges blocking the plan. Only after the victory of the High Court.
For his part, Dr Biruta stressed that the UK-Rwanda partnership presented an important opportunity for both countries to lead the way in addressing the irregular migration crisis, with the hope that this could be replicated elsewhere May go. It succeeds.
“This innovative partnership represents a significant development in our efforts to address irregular migration and we are delighted to be working closely with the UK. is investing in capacity,” said Dr. Biruta.
Braverman said an addendum to the existing agreement, written in April last year, had been signed to move forward with implementation.
“Today we signed an addendum to the MEDP, which will expand the provision of support to people who have moved to Rwanda. There is a global migration crisis, with many countries around the world grappling with unprecedented numbers of illegal immigrants.
“I sincerely believe that this world-leading partnership between allies and two friends, the United Kingdom and Rwanda, will lead the way in finding a solution that is both humane and compassionate and one that is also fair and balanced,”
“I am incredibly impressed with my visit today, to meet both local innovators and entrepreneurs, to see the job creation and wealth creation in Rwanda’s vibrant economy, but also to see the wider construction work at Bwiza Estate that being launched,” Braverman said.
Braverman said some of the houses located in Nyarunge district would be used to shelter some of the migrants once they are transferred to Rwanda as they integrate into society.
Biruta said the criminal cartels that cashed in on migrant immigrants would be dealt a blow.
“I think what we agree on is that there is a migration crisis and the current system does not benefit anyone, not the migrants themselves, not the countries that are targeted by these migrants but if any Who’s benefiting from the current system, it’s just these criminal human trafficking networks,”
“What we want to do is create an innovative solution, to be able to provide these asylum seekers and migrants alike with safety, security and the opportunity for them to lead a decent life. We set out to propose that solution. are going to work with the UK,” said Dr. Biruta.
Minister Biruta said they understand this is a new solution they are bringing to the table and they want to make adjustments during the implementation until it works.
Dr. Biruta said, “We hope that other countries will join once they see that the solution is working.”
Braverman said the global migration crisis manifested itself in the UK, with more than 45,000 people traveling across the English Channel alone last year, compounded by continuing pressure on housing and the cost of living.
He pointed out that last year’s erroneous attempts by migrants to cross the Channel into the UK had fatal consequences, with some dying in the Channel, adding that the kindest and humane thing to do is to find another solution between the two countries . doing.
“As the minister said, there is a real opportunity to resettle people in a safe and secure environment where they can live a prosperous and healthy life and that is why I am so excited about this agreement which I believe it Will be a model for others. country in the future
Asked about the time frame for the first batch of asylum seekers to arrive in Rwanda, Braverman said “as soon as possible”, given the legal hurdles in the plan. She pointed out that a High Court ruling in the UK confirmed that the partnership was valid.
“We had a very strong victory at the High Court in England late last year, where senior judges ruled emphatically and authoritatively that the MEDP is legal, it complies with human rights laws and international obligations, and that Rwanda is a safe and secure country. Country,
“We are now the appeals court. There will be hearings next month and we will wait for the judges to decide and I am not going to defer to the judiciary’s decision, but if we are successful, we will try to complete the essence of our agreement as soon as possible. Will envisage. Possible.