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UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation flights

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Migrants disembark from a lifeboat at Dungeness in Kent, after being picked-up following an attempted small boat crossing of the English Channel, July 20, 2021. (Getty Images)

The UK and Rwanda are gearing up for the implementation of a controversial plan to deport asylum seekers from Britain to Rwanda.

UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation Flights www.whoownsafrica.com
UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation Flights www.whoownsafrica.com

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Rwandan President Paul Kagame recently met in London to discuss the upcoming deportation flights, which are set to begin in the spring.

The UK has been facing a growing number of asylum seekers arriving in small boats each year, leading to overcrowded reception centers and strained resources.

In an effort to alleviate the pressure, Sunak has proposed relocating these asylum seekers to Rwanda.

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UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation Flights www.whoownsafrica.com
UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation Flights www.whoownsafrica.com

Legal challenges have posed a hurdle to the implementation of this plan, with no deportations taking place thus far.

However, Sunak is determined to push through new legislation that will allow the government to send asylum seekers to Rwanda without facing further court challenges.

The upcoming legislation, slated for debate in parliament on April 15, aims to pave the way for the first deportation flights to depart in the spring.

UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation Flights www.whoownsafrica.com
UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation Flights www.whoownsafrica.com

Sunak has expressed confidence that the flights will proceed as planned, with the goal of easing the burden on the UK’s asylum system ahead of a national election later this year.

While the plan has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the welfare of asylum seekers, Sunak and Kagame appear committed to moving forward with the deportation flights.

UK and Rwanda prepare for migrant deportation Flights www.whoownsafrica.com
Migrants disembark from a lifeboat at Dungeness in Kent, after being picked-up following an attempted small boat crossing of the English Channel, July 20, 2021. (Getty Images)

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