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UK wants to transfer its illegal immigrants to Armenia

15 April 2024 [12:13] - TODAY.AZ

The Times newspaper reports, referring to the documents of the British Foreign Ministry that came to its disposal, that a dialogue on this issue is underway with Armenia, Botswana, Ivory Coast, and Costa Rica.

According to the publication, it is with these four countries that London expects to conclude an analogue of the agreement previously reached between Great Britain and Rwanda. The issue of possible cooperation with Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador was also raised, but the kingdom's Foreign Ministry believes that the authorities of these countries will not be very interested in it. There is a reserve list of African States, including Angola, Cape Verde, Tanzania, Togo, Senegal and Sierra Leone, with which the British side can start a dialogue. Gambia, Morocco, Namibia and Tunisia declined to discuss the issue.

According to the newspaper, London began technical negotiations with Yerevan in September last year, when Deputy Foreign Minister of the Kingdom Leo Docherty paid a visit to Armenia. It is reported that the Armenian authorities are monitoring the development of the situation around Rwanda after the British parliament voted for the new law. The agreement between London and Kigali assumes that illegal immigrants expelled from the kingdom will be able to apply for it in Rwanda, and also implies the exclusion of the possibility of sending migrants to their home countries, where they may be in danger.

The publication recalled that the UK has been looking for countries for a year and a half that would be ready to accept illegal migrants expelled from the kingdom. The country's Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, hoped to conclude relevant agreements last fall, but negotiations have stalled as the British authorities have not yet managed to send a single illegal immigrant to Rwanda.


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