Policy Brief – The U.K.-Rwanda Deal and Refugee Offshoring

By USCRI August 10, 2022

Earlier this year, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The deal intends to offshore the U.K. asylum process by sending asylum seekers to Rwanda. Offshoring is an increasingly popular strategy in developed countries that is often pitched as a deterrence policy. But as previous examples have shown, offshoring is ineffective, harmful to migrants, and shirks both legal and moral responsibilities. The U.K.-Rwanda deal should be abandoned for these reasons, and the practice of offshoring more broadly should be condemned wherever it is enacted.

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