The British government wants to fly out illegal migrants to Rwanda in exchange for rewarding the country with investments. The Ministry of Justice there sees the African country prepared for "tens of thousands". The first plane is scheduled to take off on Tuesday.
Rwanda sees itself able to take in tens of thousands of asylum seekers as part of an agreement with Great Britain. "Rwanda stands ready to host as many as possible as part of this partnership. We have the capacity to host tens of thousands," Doris Umicyeza, chief technical adviser to the Rwandan Ministry of Justice, said on British radio LBC, according to the PA news agency. Initially, however, this will take place gradually, she said. Great Britain provides significant investments to advance the development of the African country.
The Conservative government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday before the High Court in London got the green light for the controversial plan to fly illegal asylum seekers to Rwanda. According to government plans, the first plane with around 30 asylum seekers on board should take off on Tuesday. However, the responsible court of appeals should deal with the case on Monday.
The agreement with Rwanda provides for people who have arrived illegally in Great Britain to be flown to the East African country so that they can apply for asylum there. In return, Rwanda receives corresponding payments. The British government wants to use this to deter refugees. Refugee and human rights organizations consider the agreement to be a violation of the right to asylum.
The British government, on the other hand, argues that the agreement with Rwanda also goes against the profit model of smuggling gangs, which guide migrants in inflatable boats across the English Channel when their lives are in danger. Prime Minister Johnson welcomed the court decision on Saturday. "We cannot allow human traffickers to put lives at risk," he said on Twitter.
At the conclusion of the agreement, Johnson described Rwanda as "one of the safest countries in the world" that enjoys global recognition for "welcoming and integrating" immigrants. According to observers, however, the human rights situation in the East African country is anything but ideal. Activists accuse the government of persecuting political dissidents and homosexuals.