More asylum seekers could now be sent to Rwanda, home sec announces

Asylum seekers who have already had their claims rejected will now be part of the group being deported to Rwanda, the home secretary has announced.

James Cleverly said the UK has extended the deal it has made with Rwanda to now include those who have come to the UK illegally, claimed asylum and had their application rejected.

Previously, only those deemed to have arrived illegally in the UK on or after 1 January 2022 but had been informed their claim may be inadmissible – but not officially rejected – were in the group to be sent to the African country.

Those asylum seekers will then have their asylum claims processed in Rwanda, where they would be allowed to stay if successful, or will have to seek asylum in another country.

Failed asylum seekers will be offered the same “package of support” for up to five years in Rwanda, including education, training, employment and accommodation help.

Mr Cleverly said: “Those who have no right to remain in the UK should not be allowed to stay.

“We have a safe third country ready and waiting to accept people, offer them support across the board and help rebuild their lives.

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“We continue to swiftly detain those in line for removal to ensure we have a steady drumbeat of flights to Rwanda.”

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