The British Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, made her first official visit to Rwanda to reaffirm the UK government’s commitment to the controversial deportation policy. The visit coincided with the confirmation of 209 migrants making the journey across the English Channel, and the plan to forcibly remove them to Rwanda has faced ongoing legal battles.
During her trip, Braverman toured potential migrant housing and expressed admiration for their interior design. She claimed that Rwanda has the capacity to accommodate many thousands of migrants and can quickly provide accommodation once flights begin. However, not everyone agrees with her assessment, with one refugee stating that he did not believe Rwanda had the capacity to hold “many thousands” of migrants, though he praised the country for being welcoming to foreigners.
In the short-term, migrants arriving from the UK would be housed in hostels and hotels. Asylum seekers were told on Tuesday that they could appeal against Home Office decisions to relocate them. A group of individuals from countries such as Iran, Iraq, and Syria are seeking to overturn rulings made by two High Court judges in December, who dismissed a series of legal bids against the government’s plan.
During her visit, Braverman also met with President Paul Kagame and her Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta to discuss the plan. She also met with investment start-up professionals and entrepreneurs to discuss the range of business and employment opportunities available in Rwanda.
Despite legal challenges and questions about Rwanda’s capacity to accommodate thousands of migrants, the UK government remains committed to the controversial deportation policy. Braverman’s trip was intended to act as a powerful deterrent against dangerous and illegal journeys, and she hopes that the plan will reduce the number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel.
In conclusion, while the UK government remains committed to the deportation policy, legal challenges and questions about Rwanda’s capacity to accommodate migrants continue. The visit by the Home Secretary highlights the ongoing controversy surrounding the issue and the importance of finding a resolution that addresses the needs of both migrants and the UK government.