Rwanda and the United Kingdom (UK) has inked
An addendum to the memorandum of understanding between the two nations signed last month when UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman visited Kigali, will now see the transfer of people who have not claimed asylum in the UK to Kigali.
The initial memorandum signed on April 13, 2022 was limited to illegal migrants arriving on small boats, seeking asylum in the UK.
But the new deal creates “a mechanism for the relocation to Rwanda of individuals arriving illegally in the UK, who do not make an asylum claim or raise a formal application for protection in the UK”.
Kigali has the option to deport to their home country a relocated individual who does not raise an asylum or protection claim.
“For those relocated individuals who have no basis upon which to remain in Rwanda, only remove such a person to a country in which they have a right to reside. If there is no prospect of such removal occurring for any reason Rwanda will regularise that person’s immigration status,” reads Article 5.3.4 of the addendum.