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When Rwanda drives the international news cycle

The migration deal to send illegal immigrants in the UK to Rwanda has garnered world attention. PHOTO BY OLIVIER MUGWIZA The ongoing, unending tug-of-war between…

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The migration deal to send illegal immigrants in the UK to Rwanda has garnered world attention. PHOTO BY OLIVIER MUGWIZA The ongoing, unending tug-of-war between the United Kingdom’s major political parties over the deal to send illegal immigrants in the UK to Rwanda (for their cases to be processed there) has garnered world attention.

Much ink has been expended on it by those opposed to the deal – most notably the Labor Party establishment in the UK – and that have been fighting it tooth and nail from the start. Among other things, they have painted a fictitious image of Rwanda as some horrific place where asylum seekers will be unsafe. There even are insinuations that asylum seekers deported to Rwanda will “suffer human rights abuses” – which raises the rather obvious question: assuming that was true, would it gain the country?

But never mind, there always are people that will believe absolutely anything.

On the other hand, a number of other states in Europe with an immigration problem of their own reportedly are looking at “the Rwanda model” as an attractive, even practical solution to this issue that has no easy answers. They are attracted to it for its potential as one of the most practical approaches at solving a problem that’s threatening to get out of hand.

They know all the vilification of Rwanda in sections of the UK media are driven purely by partisan politics.

These basically are the dominant storylines to the issue.

But there is another aspect to the story, […]

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