North West Migrants Forum

Home Office offering ‘voluntary departure’ to Rwanda

CAMPAIGN group Right to Remain is receiving reports that the Home Office is calling people to offer ‘voluntary departure’ to Rwanda.

This scheme is separate to the initial Rwanda policy (which was defeated in the Supreme Court), the Rwanda Treaty which was recently signed by the Home Secretary and the Safety of Rwanda Bill which is currently going through Parliament.

Instead, this ‘voluntary departure’ scheme is similar to the current ‘voluntary returns’ procedure where the Home Office offers people money to return to their country of origin, except, instead of returning to their country of origin, the Home Office is offering people £3,000 each to move to Rwanda and start a new life there instead. It is understood the scheme is being offered to people whose asylum claims have been refused in the UK.

Limited information is available about this initiative at this time, but the following is recommended if the Home Office calls you with this offer:

  1. You do NOT have to say yes. It is a ‘voluntary’ scheme (it is optional). 
  2. Do NOT respond until you have legal advice. 
  3. Ask the Home Office to send the offer to you in writing (via a letter or email).
  4. Try to find legal representation. 

Finding a lawyer is not always easy and we at the North West Migrants Forum are happy to offer any assistance we can in this respect.