The Rwandan authorities on Tuesday confirmed that it is able to host asylum seekers from the UK a day after the UK Courtroom of Enchantment dismissed makes an attempt by campaigners to cease the UK from sending its first flight of asylum seekers to Kigali.
Authorities spokesperson Yolande Makolo, who spoke throughout a press convention, stated the asylum seekers will likely be supplied with help for authorized asylum claims and facilitated throughout their keep within the East African nation.
Although Makolo didn’t give a precise variety of what number of asylum seekers Rwanda will obtain from the UK, she stated they have been able to host “hundreds” of them.
The primary batch of asylum seekers is anticipated to depart on a chartered flight afterward Tuesday from an undisclosed airport.
Makolo stated the asylum seekers will likely be free to return to Rwanda as they please and will likely be supported even when they selected to depart Rwanda, both to return to their residence nations or to nations that will likely be keen to obtain them.
She did, nevertheless, specific her hope that they are going to be glad to remain within the nation including that Rwanda needed to be a welcoming place for folks with all kinds of plights.
If functions for asylum in Rwanda by the migrants are rejected, she added, they may nonetheless be eligible to use for residency within the nation.
Makolo additionally defended Rwanda from criticism in its cope with the UK saying Kigali was doing it “for the correct causes” along with taking part in its half in tackling unlawful migration.
“We anticipate migrants from all around the world. We expect that loads have misconceptions about what Rwanda and Africa are like. We don’t take into account residing in Rwanda a punishment. We’re doing our greatest to offer a conducive setting for Rwandans to thrive but additionally for anybody who involves stay right here,” Makolo stated.
“We’re below obligation to offer first rate and dignified lodging for the arrivals.”
Human rights teams have argued that the coverage is inhumane and can place asylum seekers in danger whereas UN Excessive Commissioner For Refugees Filippo Grandi described it as “catastrophic”.
In line with the settlement with Rwanda, any particular person touchdown within the UK illegally is liable to be given a one-way ticket for processing and resettlement in Rwanda.
(Story compiled with enter from CGTN correspondent)