UK FM Truss floats Turkey as candidate to join Rwanda scheme

LONDON, 17 July 2022, (TON): UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will attempt to expand Britain’s Rwanda migration scheme to include Turkey if she wins the Conservative Party leadership battle to become prime minister.

In a bid to build support from MPs, Truss said that she would approach Turkey which houses almost four million migrants to join the controversial scheme.

The Rwanda program enables the deportation of illegal migrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing and resettlement. The scheme was launched to help combat a surge in migrant channel crossings from France.

Conservative MP Christopher Chope said that Truss had told him that she intended to seek similar deals with other countries, including Turkey and Spain.

But the Truss campaign subsequently excluded the latter country from her plans.

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