Rwanda unveils facilities that will host British migrants | The new times

The Rwandan government has unveiled three of five facilities that are expected to accommodate migrants and asylum seekers to be sent from the UK.

These locations include Hope Hostel, formerly known as the AERG/One Dollar Campaign Resort, Desire Resorts Hotel, and Hallmark Residences.

Speaking to the media, Alain Mukurarinda, Deputy Government Spokesman, said preparations to welcome them are underway and they are expecting the first group towards the end of this month.

“The date of arrival of the first migrants in Rwanda is not yet confirmed. We know that the UK has informed the first group of around 50 people that they will be relocated, and we hope to hear soon from our UK partners when they arrive, probably in the next few weeks,” Mukurarinda tweeted on his Twitter account. .

Commenting on the difference between the hosting venues, he said they were expecting all types of people.

Hallmark Residences, one of three destinations presented to the media, where migrants from the UK will be accommodated. Photo by Olivier Mugwiza

“We are expecting all categories of people including families, singles and seniors among others who have managed to travel to the UK, and that is why we have prepared different facilities to accommodate them accordingly. “, did he declare.

Furthermore, he pointed out that as per the contract, these people will be accommodated in these facilities for five years, and later they will have the opportunity to seek asylum locally and will be facilitated to resettle in Rwanda, among other options.

Mukurarinda said that as a host country there are advantages as the country is still recovering from the effects of Covid-19.

He assured migrants and asylum seekers that they will have freedom of movement, just like Rwandans.

Inside the facility

“We house them and do not imprison them. They will have full rights to travel, but as foreigners in a country it might be difficult at first, but in a few months they may be able to travel, no one will stop them as long as they can afford it” , did he declare.

Rwanda and the UK signed a partnership on migration and economic development on April 14 to relocate migrants and asylum seekers who are illegally in the UK.

A first of its kind in the world, the agreement aims to promote “the dignity and empowerment of migrants”.

According to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: “Rwanda is one of the safest countries in the world, recognized globally for its record of welcoming and integrating migrants.”

Additionally, while the exact number to be housed is yet to be revealed, their number could number in the thousands over the years.

“The deal we have reached is uncapped and Rwanda will have the capacity to resettle tens of thousands of people in the years to come,” Johnson said.

So far, most migrants and asylum seekers come from African countries, Iran, Iraq and Syria, among others.

Desire Resorts Hotel, one of the establishments expected to accommodate migrants and asylum seekers who will be sent from the UK.

A view of one of the various facilities in the city of Kigali

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Richard F. Gandhi