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Rwandan genocide orphans say they are going to have nowhere to live, after the UK’s new Rwanda migrant scheme will use the hostel they have lived in for years.

Home Secretary Priti Patel‘s plan to send all asylum seekers in the UK to the central African nation will force more than 20 residents in the country out of their accommodation. 

A total of 22 residents will be kicked out of Hope House hostel, based in capital city Kigali, when people who tried to find asylum in the UK are flown to Africa.

The civil war orphans have been living in the shelter for eight years, but were only given two weeks notice to leave the hostel.

The victims of the 1994 conflict are now in their late 20s, but are without money, savings or family and many still struggle with the trauma they faced. 

British Home Secretary Priti Patel's new migrant scheme will force Rwanda genocide orphans

British Home Secretary Priti Patel's new migrant scheme will force Rwanda genocide orphans

British Home Secretary Priti Patel’s new migrant scheme will force Rwanda genocide orphans

The 22 orphans have been living at Hope Hostel (pictured) for eight years, but were given only two weeks notice to leave

The 22 orphans have been living at Hope Hostel (pictured) for eight years, but were given only two weeks notice to leave

The 22 orphans have been living at Hope Hostel (pictured) for eight years, but were given only two weeks notice to leave

One of the residents of Hope Hostel (pictured) was born only weeks before her parents were killed, when up to 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide

One of the residents of Hope Hostel (pictured) was born only weeks before her parents were killed, when up to 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide

One of the residents of Hope Hostel (pictured) was born only weeks before her parents were killed, when up to 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide

A view of facilities at Hope House, a hostel in Nyabugogo, the Gasabo district of Rwanda's capital city Kigali, where the first arrivals are likely to be housed

A view of facilities at Hope House, a hostel in Nyabugogo, the Gasabo district of Rwanda's capital city Kigali, where the first arrivals are likely to be housed

A view of facilities at Hope House, a hostel in Nyabugogo, the Gasabo district of Rwanda’s capital city Kigali, where the first arrivals are likely to be housed

Migrants travelling to the UK on small boats will be put on jets and sent to Rwanda while their applications are processed

Migrants travelling to the UK on small boats will be put on jets and sent to Rwanda while their applications are processed

Migrants travelling to the UK on small boats will be put on jets and sent to Rwanda while their applications are processed

Priti Patel visited Rwanda (pictured) and went around Hope Hostel, but did not meet any of the orphans who have to leave to make space for migrants

Priti Patel visited Rwanda (pictured) and went around Hope Hostel, but did not meet any of the orphans who have to leave to make space for migrants

Priti Patel visited Rwanda (pictured) and went around Hope Hostel, but did not meet any of the orphans who have to leave to make space for migrants

Speaking to The Mirror, a woman who has lived at the shelter for years said: ‘I barely know any other home.

‘I was only told about moving out a few days ago. I have not figured out where I will go.’

The Home Secretary made a visit to Rwanda earlier this month and walked around the hostel, but residents weren’t given the chance to meet her 

Officials briefed the press that the 50-bed building was a privately owned former tourist hostel and not currently in use.

A resident added: ‘It is not a guest house. It has been a hostel, our home, for the last eight years.’

Hope House was built in 2014 and is run by a local good cause called the Association des Etudiants Et Éleves Rescapés Du Genocide – AERG.

It once housed more than 190 orphans, most have moved on after finding work and homes of their own.

Priti Patel and Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta signed an agreement on 'Migration and Economic Development Partnership Agreement' in Kigali, Rwanda

Priti Patel and Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta signed an agreement on 'Migration and Economic Development Partnership Agreement' in Kigali, Rwanda

Priti Patel and Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta signed an agreement on ‘Migration and Economic Development Partnership Agreement’ in Kigali, Rwanda

The plan to fly asylum seekers 4,000 miles to Rwanda has faced heavy criticism, but the first flight is expected to leave before the end of next month – and the scheme will be back-dated to cover all those who have arrived in the UK since the start of the year.

How will the new Rwanda migrant scheme work? 

Cross-channel arrivals assessed and anyone deemed an economic migrant rather than a refugee is sent to Rwanda

  • Initial agreement worth £120million over five years  
  • Failed immigrants urged to start new life in Africa 
  • Initially based at hostel in Kigali
  • Hope House is currently being used as budget accommodation for tourists
  • Privately owned, the East African nation’s government is understood to be in negotiations to lease the property 
  • Memorandum of understanding (MOU) says Government will screen asylum seekers ‘without delay’ after arrival in the UK
  • All requests will require approval from Rwanda before relocation
  • Nation can refuse to take people with criminal records 
  • People who cross the Channel in small boats will undergo initial checks at the Western Jet Foil facility in Dover
  • Further checks at a processing site in Manston, Kent. Where their claim is deemed inadmissible, they may be removed to a ‘third safe country’. 
  • Royal Navy to lead Channel policing role, helping Border Force from today
  • PM attacked ‘a formidable army of politically motivated lawyers’ who have thwarted previous action
  • PM: ‘Our compassion may be infinite but our capacity to help people is not. We can’t ask the British taxpayer to write a blank cheque to cover the costs of anyone who might want to come and live here.’ 
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The government wants tens of thousands of people moved within the next few years, but some experts are warning of a surge of Channel crossings before the policy comes into effect, the Times reports.

Simon Hoare, one of only three Tory MPs to vote against the plans, told the paper: ‘All this will do is mean we’ll see a vast amount of people trying [to cross] now before this comes in’.

People smugglers would be encouraging people to cross with a ‘must end soon’ sale, he added. 

Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael said: ‘The proposal was shocking enough but to now be evicting Rwandans is appalling. Instead of opening safe and legal routes for asylum seekers, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel have reverted to cruel, heartless tactics.’

Conservative former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell said the plan was ‘immoral’ and involved ‘eye-watering’ costs.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The Government is quite rightly trying to break the smugglers’ sordid and deathly model, and so I am absolutely behind them in doing that.

‘The problem with the scheme that they have announced is that I don’t think it will work. It is impractical, it is being condemned by churches and civil society, it is immoral and, above all for conservative advocates, it is incredible expensive.’ 

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: ‘Sunday Mirror revelations about Hope House are the latest problem showing why civil servants could not endorse the plan.

‘Incompetence and waste are hallmarks of this government. Britain deserves better than this chaos.’ 

Dave Penman, of the FDA, said: ‘Civil servants’ choice is to implement, or leave. That could mean elsewhere in the department, another department or leaving the Civil Service.’

The Public and Commercial Services union labelled the scheme inhumane. 

It is understood the AERG, who currently run the hostel, will not benefit financially.

Its co-ordinator Emmanuel Muneza said: ‘We had plans to make the orphanage a guest house and raise money to support our members.

‘But the plan has changed. We are negotiating the way forward.’

The Home Office did not comment on orphans, but said: ‘Rwanda will process claims in accordance with the UN Refugee Convention and ensure protection from inhuman and degrading treatment.’

Source: dailymail

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