Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Murray of Blidworth during the 2019 Parliament

Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Murray of Blidworth
Tuesday 20th December 2022

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D'Souza (CB)
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My Lords, I thank the Minister for his careful explanation, but how confident is he that the criteria used to assess the asylum status of people being sent to Rwanda by the UK will conform closely with international standards? I ask this because President Kagame has publicly stated that he is interested in abstracting, as it were, the skills that he feels his country lacks and needs from the refugees who will be coming his way.

Lord Murray of Blidworth Portrait Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con)
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Yes, certainly. The starting point is that Rwanda is a signatory to the 1951 refugee convention and the seven other principal United Nations conventions. As part of the memorandum, it was clear that the Rwandan Government agreed to adhere to international norms in the consideration of all applications for asylum and protection.