Suella Braverman is currently visiting Kigali in Rwanda where thousands of asylum seekers could be sent in the next year (Picture: REUTERS)
Deportation flights to Rwanda from the UK for asylum seekers could start as soon as this summer, it has been reported.
Suella Braverman has signed an update to the government’s migrant agreement this week as she visited the central African country where thousands of people could be flown to in the next year.
The deal is said to expand its scope to ‘all categories of people who pass through safe countries and make illegal and dangerous journeys to the UK’, according to Sky News.
A Home Office statement said it would allow the government to deliver on its new Illegal Migration Bill as it would mean those coming to the UK illegally, who ‘cannot be returned to their home country’, will be ‘in scope to be relocated to Rwanda’.
Last year a flight to Rwanda was stopped at the last minute (Picture: REUTERS)
It comes as the new Illegal Migration Bill was introduced recently (Picture: REUTERS)
Ms Braverman has plans to send thousands of asylum seekers to Rwanda in the coming 12 months (Picture: REUTERS)
The Home Secretary hailed the strengthening of the UK’s migration partnership as she visited the capital Kigali where she met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the country’s minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation, Dr Vincent Biruta.
The UK government plans to send tens of thousands of migrants more than 4,000 miles away to Rwanda as part of a £120m deal agreed with Rwanda last year.
No one has made the journey yet, and a flight was stopped at the eleventh hour last year after an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
On Saturday, Ms Braverman and Dr Biruta signed the update to the memorandum of understanding, expanding the partnership further.
Highlighting steps being taken by the government, Ms Braverman said: ‘What the bill does is dramatically and significantly reduces the legal routes available – the claims available to people to thwart their removal or relocation from the United Kingdom.