The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs has announced that he has signed a declaration of bilateral cooperation with his Rwandan counterpart providing for “the establishment of a programme whereby asylum seekers arriving in Denmark could be transferred to Rwanda for the examination of their asylum case.”
In a statement, the ministry explained that asylum seekers in Denmark should always submit an application personally upon arrival at the Danish border control, before being flown to another country. If the asylum application is refused, “settlement in Rwanda” is expected.
While Denmark passed a law in June 2021 allowing the relocation of asylum seekers from the continent, the UK entered into negotiations with Rwanda for the same purpose last year. Several British NGOs have complained about the controversial plan. The new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has assured that she will defend the agreement “at all costs”.