Rwandan President Paul Kagame defends deportation of illegal migrants from UK to Rwanda

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame speculated on Tuesday 21 June that the controversial agreement with London to receive illegal migrants deported from the United Kingdom could still be implemented and, along with other countries, an asylum system. “faulty”,

The British government has decided to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, who entered the country illegally, in a bid to curb illegal crossings of the Channel. But the first flight was halted on 14 June by an emergency decision by the European Court of Human Rights.

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“I think this agreement is still in force and can be implemented”Paul Kagame said in a videoconference at the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha. “We are not new to the subject”continued Rwanda’s president, remembering that his country has hosted more than 100,000 refugees for decades. “Most Rwandans have had the experience of being a refugee at some point in their lives. We know what that means and we are doing it for the right reasons.”He assured.

Paul Kagame particularly noted the reception of more than 1,000 Libyans in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “The agreement with the United Kingdom adds to this experience. There is no doubt that the asylum system is flawed and requires innovative solutions and we are happy to contribute to these solutions.Underlined the President of Rwanda, believing that it could be adopted by other countries.

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Highly criticized by the United Nations and NGOs, London’s plan to send refugees who arrived in Britain illegally to Rwanda (more than 6,000 km away) is very popular among conservative voters. The East African country is hosting the Commonwealth Summit on Friday and Saturday.

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