Rwanda prepares to transport children from UK | Immigration and Asylum

A hostel rented by the Rwandan government to house asylum seekers from the UK is preparing to accept children.

Hope hostel in Kigali is building outdoor facilities that include soccer fields, basketball courts and outdoor games for any children who are flown to the East African country.

The manager, Elisey Kalyango, confirmed that he was working to improve the facilities for children who could be among those brought from the UK to a three-star, 50-room hotel in the city’s Kajugo district.

Under the plans announced by Boris Johnson, the UK will send “tens of thousands” of asylum seekers to Rwanda, where they are expected to start a new life. The UK has paid £120m down payment in this scheme.

Part of this is hotel owners paying a one-year lease for their property to be used only for asylum seekers in the UK.

The Hope Inn currently stands empty after an 11-hour European court intervention halted the inaugural deportation flight two weeks ago. Outside, builders were working in playgrounds for the use of adults and children.

Kalyango confirmed that they are taking steps to prepare for the arrival of children under the policy, and said, “We are prepared to deal with people of any age.”

They were building a “miniature football and basketball court, which could be converted into volleyball” and he said the toys could be placed on the lawn.

The Rwandan government has been keen to flaunt to the media that it is a modern and clean residence with facilities including a prayer room and a pool table.

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However, it is the only facility that has been signed so far to house asylum seekers from the UK.

The Rwandan government said those who arrived will receive full residency, health care and support for five years or until they become self-sufficient.

Ennour Solomon, head of the Refugee Council, said he was dismayed to learn that asylum accommodation providers in Rwanda were preparing the children.

“this is [UK] The government is intent on treating anyone – of any age or from any conflict – as human goods in a cruel scheme that will cause great human suffering.” We have been amazed at the Home Office’s refusal to be transparent about its plans and the damage they will cause. Every day through our work we witness the impact of uncertainty On the threat of deportation to Rwanda on youth concern and mental health, with disturbing reports of self-harm.”

At a press conference in Rwanda, Johnson praised the immigration scheme. “I am confident that the immigration aspect will work very well. I think it is worth noting that so far no British court has found it illegal and no international court has found it illegal.

He added, “You have to find a way to break the human smugglers paradigm. People smugglers, human traffickers, are doing something very wicked and dangerous and you have to find a way to stop that. I am confident it will produce value for money.”

Johnson decided not to visit the facilities during his trip to Kigali this week. Asked why not, he said, “As you know, no one has occupied them yet. I am full time on [Commonwealth] Conference of Heads of Government.

When asked why the government has not ruled out sending children to Rwanda, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “I think 90% of those who come across are men… We have taken important steps, as did those who run the site, to get everything they need here. So they have a chance to settle down and live their lives.”

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