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Biden set to tighten asylum access at US-Mexico border – sources

Washington DC, US Reuters The Biden administration is set to tighten access to asylum at the US-Mexico border via a new regulation that could be issued as soon as Thursday, four sources familiar with the matter said, in a targeted move aimed at reducing illegal crossings. The regulation would require migrants to be assessed at […]

More migrant dinghies cross Channel to England despite Rwanda threat

Strait of Dover Reuters Dozens of people in two rubber dinghies reached the southern coast of England on Saturday, the latest among thousands of asylum-seeking migrants to make the risky sea crossing from France this year. Bobbing on the waves of the English Channel on a clear morning, the boats sailed across the narrow strip […]

UK begins detaining migrants set to be deported to Rwanda

London, UK Reuters British authorities have started to detain migrants in preparation for them to be sent to Rwanda in the next nine to 11 weeks, the government said on Wednesday, laying the groundwork for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s flagship immigration policy. Parliament last month approved a law that paves the way for sending asylum […]

UK to deport migrants to Rwanda based on group agreed by Kigali, document shows

London, UK Reuters The first asylum seekers to be deported from Britain to Rwanda will come from a group of 5,700 people that Kigali has agreed in principle to take, according to a British government document published on Monday. Under a scheme that has divided political opinion in Britain, anyone who has arrived illegally after […]

Let us press on with UK migrant plan, Rwanda tells critics

Kigali, Rwanda Reuters Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s government said on Friday it would take as many migrants as Britain sends its way and urged “shouting” critics of the deportation plan to now let both nations proceed. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expects first flights to leave in 10 to 12 weeks after parliament passed legislation […]

Migrants drown in English Channel hours after UK passes Rwanda policy

Wimereux, France/Dover, UK Reuters Five migrants, including a child, died in an attempt to cross the English Channel from France to Britain in an overcrowded small boat on Tuesday, hours after Britain passed a bill to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda in a move to deter the dangerous journeys. The deaths occurred when a boat […]

British PM Sunak’s Rwanda scheme set to pass parliament but challenges await

London, UK Reuters The British parliament is set to finally approve a divisive law this week to pave the way for asylum seekers to be deported to Rwanda, but further legal hurdles could yet hold up or derail one of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s key policies. Sunak has invested huge political capital in the Rwanda […]

Migrant crossings to UK hit new record, heaping pressure on Sunak

London, UK Reuters More than 4,600 asylum seekers have arrived in Britain on small boats so far in 2024, a record total for the first three months of the year and giving Prime Minister Rishi Sunak a fresh political headache. Provisional data from the Home Office showed on Wednesday that 4,644 people had been detected […]