Rwanda has received an extra 100 million pounds ($126 million) from the United Kingdom from the 2023-24 budget, UK Home Office Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft said, without acknowledging however that the money was linked to an updated scheme to send undocumented migrants to the African nation, Ednews reports via Sky News.
On Tuesday, UK Home Secretary James Cleverly traveled to Rwanda to sign a new treaty on cooperation against irregular migration with Rwanda, after the older draft was scrapped by the UK Supreme Court as "unlawful." He insisted the African nation had not requested and was not given any additional funds for the deal.
The official further stated that London had paid Kigali 140 million pounds in 2022; however, no migrants were transported to Rwanda that year.
Another 50 million pounds will be wired in the 2024-25 financial year "as part of the ETIF as agreed with the Government of Rwanda when the Migration and Economic Development Partnership was signed," the letter read.