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The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill was introduced in the Commons on 7 December 2023 and had its second reading on 12 December.

The bill’s purpose is to “prevent and deter unlawful migration, and in particular migration by unsafe and illegal routes, by enabling the removal of persons to the Republic of Rwanda” under a controversial relocation treaty. The Library’s briefing on the bill, published in advance of second reading, gives an overview of the clauses and policy background.

The bill was considered in a committee of the whole House on 16 and 17 January 2024. No amendments were made, so there was no report stage. Third reading also took place on 17 January. The bill is now in the Lords.


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