They won’t have to repay the UK for the broken deal.

Rwanda has said it does not have to pay repayments to the UK after a multi-million pound migration deal between the two countries was scrapped.

Britain’s new Prime Minister and Labour leader Keir Starmer The government announced over the weekend that plans to forcibly return some asylum seekers to Rwanda had “disappeared.”

The plan was drawn up by the previous Conservative government and has paid out 240 million pounds ($310 million) to Rwanda since the 2022 plan was announced.

Due to legal issues, the plan did not come to fruition. Britain on Monday expressed hope that it would be able to recover some of the money from the deal.

“Let’s be clear: repayment of money was not part of the agreement,” a Rwandan government spokesman told state television the following day.

Alan Mukurarinda said the agreement “does not provide” for the funds to be returned and that the UK had reached out to Rwanda to request cooperation which “had been discussed extensively”.

In January, after the plan had been stalled for 21 months, Rwandan President Paul Kagame suggested he might return some of the funds if no asylum seekers were sent to the country.

However, the Rwandan government later clarified that it was “under no obligation” to repay the money to the UK.

After Labour’s landslide election victory last week, Starmer described the plan as an “expensive gimmick”.

Instead, the party promised to set up a new border patrol force to crack down on human trafficking rings.

Opposition to the bill came from other quarters too: the UK Supreme Court ruled the plans unlawful and human rights groups condemned them as cruel and draconian, while opponents within the Conservative party wanted changes to better protect the plans from legal challenge.

The previous government claimed the scheme was aimed at stopping people crossing the English Channel in small boats.

Illegal immigration is one of the major challenges facing the UK Government.

More than 13,000 people have crossed the Channel in small boats so far this year.

This figure is higher than the figure for the same period last year, but is down for 2023 overall compared to 2022.

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