Rwandan refugees: “Every day I pray to God to leave this place,” says Faisal, 20, from Ethiopia.

DAsylum seekers who want to deport Britain to Rwanda may have a hard time. At least that is what the refugees and migrants who are already there believe. “Sometimes I play football and I drink in the evenings because I have nothing to do,” Ethiopian Faisal told the AP. The 20-year-old was relocated from Libya to Rwanda in 2019 under a United Nations agreement. “I pray to God daily to leave this place.”

Faisal, who has refused to give his last name, lives in the center of Gashor for refugees stranded in Libya on their way to Europe. Gashora is described as a transit center, but people like Faisal see no way out here.

The British government wants to deport to Rwanda migrants who have entered illegally as black passengers or on small boats across the English Channel. Their asylum applications are to be processed in Rwanda, and if they are accepted, they can stay there. The disability is being defended legally and the plans have been widely criticized, including, according to newspaper reports, the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.

“You can’t feel at home here”

Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in the world – and yet one of the least developed. Despite efforts to modernize the country since the 1994 genocide. Migrants looking for a better life in Britain may find fewer opportunities to make their dreams come true, although officials can boast a proud history of welcoming those in need.

Young man on the street in Kigali (Rwanda)

Young man on the street in Kigali (Rwanda)

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Among those who have established themselves here is the 22-year-old Ethiopian Urubel Tesfaye. He is glad he found a job at a bakery in the capital, Kigali. But his friends talk about moving to Canada or the Netherlands. “They have a disease in their head and can’t settle here,” he says of their determination to leave Rwanda.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), hundreds of people brought to Rwanda under the UN agreement have since relocated to other countries. But those who enter the country under the British agreement with Rwanda must apply for asylum on the spot.

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After signing the agreement in April, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said both countries did not want to buy and sell people, but wanted to solve the global migration problem. British Home Secretary Priti Patel said access to the British asylum system must be based on need, “not on the ability to pay traffickers”.

Security is patrolling outside

According to Rwandan information, the agreement will initially be valid for five years. The British government pays £ 120 million (about € 140 million) in advance for accommodation and integration of asylum seekers. The amount is expected to increase with the number of migrants admitted. However, it is not known how many people are to be sent to Rwanda in total.

Dining room Hope Hostel, one of the places where asylum seekers should stay

Dining room Hope Hostel, one of the places where asylum seekers should stay

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Those arriving in Rwanda under the new agreement will be accommodated in accommodation around Kigali with facilities such as private rooms, a TV and a swimming pool. At one of these places, Hope Hostel, there is a security guard outside. The clock in the lobby shows the time in London and Paris. “This is not a prison,” Bakinahe manager said Ismail.

The gas station center, on the other hand, is easier for those who have previously arrived in Rwanda in rural areas. His message to the British government is that they are people, said Peter Nyuoni, a refugee from South Sudan. You can’t tell them where to go, where to stay and what to do. “If they feel better in the UK, then the UK is better for them,” he said. “There’s nothing to make me stay here.”

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Despite the peace in Rwanda, it is not easy to escape the conditions in their homeland, even for those who came directly to Rwanda. “If you don’t have a job, you can’t survive here,” said Kelly Nimubona, a refugee from neighboring Burundi. “We can’t afford to eat twice a day. There is no way to get a job or sell anything on the street, “he said. But he called Rwanda an oasis of order in the region.

Prohibition of interviews for visitors

The sensitivity around the arrival of the first British asylum seekers is so great that the media are forbidden to interview them. “Maybe later when he settles down,” said Claude Twishime, a spokesman for the Crisis Management Department responsible for arrivals.

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According to the government, Rwanda is already home to more than 130,000 refugees and migrants from other African countries and states, such as Pakistan. The prospect of accepting more people has met with some criticism. Opposition leader Victoire Ingabire said the government should instead focus on internal political and social issues that have turned Rwandans into refugees in other countries.

Human rights groups have been accusing the Rwandan government for years of fighting perceived dissent and controlling many aspects of life, imprisoning critics and removing homeless people from the streets of Kigali. The government denies it. At the Commonwealth meeting this month, such tensions are likely to boil below the surface.

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Against parallel companies

Some Rwandans claim that the economy is not ready to absorb the people of Britain. Many people are unemployed, said Rashid Rutazigwa, a mechanic in Kigali. They do not see many opportunities even for people with special skills and training. “But if the government promises to pay wages (to migrants), that will be fine.”

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