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Rwanda: Government to not refund £270 million to UK for cancelling migrant plan

The Rwandan government has said that Britain will not receive a refund of £270 million since the new Labour government cancelled the programme for Rwanda to host asylum seekers.

The Rwandan government has said that Britain will not receive a refund of £270 million since the new Labour government cancelled the programme for Rwanda to host asylum seekers.

Prime Minister, Keir Starmer said, “The Rwanda scheme was dead and buried before it started. It has never been a deterrent…particularly the gangs that run this, that the chance of ever going to Rwanda was so slim, less than one per cent, that it was never a deterrent.”

Doris Uwicyeza Picard, chief technical advisor from the Rwandan Ministry of Justice also that she understood that changes in government happen and different priorities and different policies may apply.

Picard, however also noted that the Rwandan government “put in a lot of effort and resources to accommodate those migrants.”

Picard also criticized the UNHCR for using Rwanda to accommodate asylum seekers, saying that it begged the question of why Rwanda would be safe with these migrants.

Since the Rwandan asylum plan began only four migrants have been able to be transferred to Rwanda.

Four Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers were transferred to Rwanda from the British territory of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and are hoping that the UK will find them a more permanent place to live away from Rwanda.

More than 200 migrants claim they were wrongly detained for flights to Rwanda this summer, but were subsequently bailed after courts ruled there was no imminent prospect of their removal.

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