UK immigration: ‘It’s not Barbieland’: Rwanda prepares to host asylum seekers sent from UK

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period21 Apr 2024

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  • Title‘It’s not Barbieland’: Rwanda prepares to host asylum seekers sent from UK
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletFinancial Times
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size1 page
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date21/04/24
    DescriptionAlex Vines, head of the Africa programme at Chatham House, said that in addition to money — as of February 2024, London had paid Kigali £220mn as part of a bilateral economic partnership — Rwanda gained Britain’s diplomatic support out of the deal.

    “Yes they get negative press, but the UK in public is silent about the Rwandan support of M23 in eastern [Democratic Republic of] Congo unlike the EU or the US,” he said, referring to claims made by the DRC, US and EU that Kigali backs rebel fighters in the region that borders Rwanda. Rwanda has slammed claims it supports the rebels. 
    Producer/AuthorDavid Pilling & Anna Gross & Andres Schipani
    URLhttps://www.ft.com/content/b8e85750-24d9-4a02-8b7a-ed5bda9d2627
    PersonsAlex Vines

Keywords

  • Rwanda Bill
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • UK immigration
  • DRC