Fact check: Just how safe is Rwanda for migrants? | World | Breaking news and perspectives from around the globe | DW

Britain has seen a sharp influx of migrants crossing the English Channel from France in recent years. Whereas in 2020 just over 8,000 made the crossing in small boats, last year that figure jumped to more that 28,000. British officials expect this year’s figures to exceed 2021 numbers by far.

In a bid to deter people from crossing the Channel while simultaneously cracking down on human traffickers, Britain signed a deal to deport undocumented migrants to the East African country of Rwanda this April. Rather than coming to Britain, migrants are encouraged to apply for asylum, then settle and build new lives in Rwanda. In return, the British government has promised to pay £120 million ($157 million, €144 million) for Rwanda to integrate the new arrivals.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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