Austria is seeking a UK “Rwandan-style” scheme to outsource asylum claims

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The British Conservative government has long planned to process asylum claims in Rwanda, but the courts have ruled this is illegal.


The British and Austrian governments have signed a new agreement to work more closely in the fight against migration, while Vienna aims to create a “Rwanda-style” system for processing asylum applications.

In a speech he delivered on Wednesday in the Austrian capital, the British Home Secretary said:Suella BravermanHe announced that Britain and Austria “share the challenges of securing our borders, defeating extremism, and preserving the safety of our people.”

Under a plan similar to Rwanda’s, Austria wants to implement procedures for asylum seekers in a third country before deciding whether or not to allow them to come to Europe.

Advisor Karl Nehammer Facing elections next year amid growing calls to tighten immigration, she said in September that processing asylum claims in a third country was possible, to ensure rejected asylum seekers could not “hide in the EU” or apply for asylum in several European countries at the same time. the time. time.

Last year, the Danish government paved the way for an agreement with Rwanda on a similar plan, but since the general elections the government has not moved forward with implementing the plan.

The UK’s Conservative government has long aspired to outsource asylum claims to Rwanda, and has become the first European country to strike a deal to pay the African country more than €140 million a year to host refugees seeking such status.

Under the agreement, people who have been granted asylum will continue to live in Rwanda, while those who have been rejected will be deported to their countries of origin.

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In June this year, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that the scheme was illegal, deciding that Rwanda could not be considered a safe third country.

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