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Braverman met Rwanda’s foreign minister, Vincent Biruta, on Saturday and told reporters in Kigali that she had agreed extra support for the people whom the UK sends to the country.
“Many countries around the world are grappling with unprecedented numbers of illegal migrants, and I sincerely believe that this world-leading partnership … is both humanitarian and compassionate and also fair and balanced,” the home secretary said at a news conference with Biruta.
Biruta said the proposals “offer better opportunities for migrants and Rwandans alike” and would help with the British government’s goal to disrupt people-trafficking networks.
Braverman is expected to meet Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Sunday.
Several asylum seekers, aid groups and a border officials union have filed lawsuits to stop the Conservative Party government from acting on the deportation agreement with Rwanda.
If the policy is upheld, asylum seekers would have to present their asylum claims in Rwanda. Those not granted asylum in Rwanda would, under the plan, be able to apply to stay on other grounds or try to get resettled in another country.