Government offers hotels where migrants transferred from London will stay

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A month after signing a highly controversial deal with London, Rwanda is preparing to receive irregular migrants deported from Britain. At first the number of asylum seekers will be around fifty. To respond to the many criticisms raised by the project and to prove its welcoming potential, the government took journalists to visit three hotels in Kigali where migrants would be accommodated.

With our correspondent in Kigali, laure boulard

Soon, the Rwandan guests of Desier Resort Hotel will be replaced by asylum seekers. Denis Bizimungu, the establishment’s owner, assured journalists that they would benefit from the quality reception: ” We have 72 rooms. We have a swimming pool. We have a place to do yoga. Here are the benefits that hotel guests can enjoy independently. ,

On the outskirts of Kigali, the Hallmark Residence has 30 pavilions that can accommodate up to 100 people. Close to the city center, Hope Hostel has 50 rooms and will charge around 67 Euros per day per asylum seeker for full board. everything will be perfect covered by the UK government, Migrants will be free to come and go as they wish, but their stay there will be temporary.

General view of Hall Mark Hotel, an establishment located in Kagugu on the outskirts of Kigali, May 19, 2022. The Hall Mark Hotel is one of the places where some expatriates relocated by the United Kingdom will be accommodated. Reuters – Stringer

, People must live with Rwandans at some point. They will be there to find out who is migrant, who is refugee, who wants to return home… After this process, they have to be propagated among the population. ”, explains Alain Mukurlinda, deputy spokesman for the government of Rwanda.

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As of today, the government claims to be able to accommodate 500 migrants, a figure expected to rise. The project is going to materialize in any case: Rwanda’s foreign minister, Vincent Biruta, and British interior minister, Priti Patel, on Thursday, May 19 at the High Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, to defend the agreement with the United Nations refugee agency and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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