UK and Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership

Home Department – in the House of Commons on 5th September 2022.

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Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd Labour, Rochdale

What recent progress she has made on delivering the UK and Rwanda migration and economic development partnership.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I have secured a world-first migration and economic development partnership with Rwanda, and our innovative partnership means that illegal migrants will be relocated to Rwanda to build a new and prosperous life there. The number of people who can be relocated there is unlimited, and they will have support and care while their claims are considered.

Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd Labour, Rochdale

Does credible evidence of the use of violence and torture by the Rwandan security authorities not give the Home Secretary any pause for thought?

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department

First and foremost, as well as all our work with the Government of Rwanda—even prior to the announcement of this policy and the work that went into this partnership—plenty of in-country work has been undertaken. That is part of our country report and planning work, and all the advice that is taken in-country and across Government. With that, however, it is important to recognise that this partnership is very clear in terms of standards, the treatment of people who are relocated to Rwanda, the resources that are put in, and the processing of how every applicant is treated.

Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Conservative, Dudley South

There are various reports—not all of them accurate—about the limit on the number of people who can be processed under the partnership agreement with Rwanda. What action is being taken to increase capacity in Rwanda to accept more asylum seekers so that the full benefits of the partnership can be realised?

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department

It is important to emphasise again that the number of people who can be relocated is unlimited and, importantly, they have the support and capacity in-country—that is part of the resources that we have put in, and part of the programming approach that has been developed directly with the Government of Rwanda.