Failed asylum seekers are set to be offered financial incentives of up to £3,000 to relocate to Rwanda voluntarily, as part of a new scheme. This approach, which was first revealed by The Times, represents a modified version of an existing voluntary returns initiative where unsuccessful asylum seekers receive monetary assistance to return to their country of origin. The scheme is intended for individuals whose asylum applications have been turned down in the UK, particularly those facing obstacles in returning to their home countries.

Furthermore, the UK government is actively pursuing the implementation of a distinct deportation scheme targeting individuals believed to have entered the UK illegally, with Rwanda proposed as a potential deportation destination. However, legal hurdles arose as concerns regarding the safety of Rwanda were raised in court proceedings. To address these concerns, the government is currently advocating for the approval of the Safety of Rwanda Bill, which aims to establish Rwanda as a designated safe destination.

A Home Office spokesman said: "In the last year, 19,000 people were removed voluntarily from the UK and this is an important part of our efforts to tackle illegal migration.

"We are exploring voluntary relocations for those who have no right to be here to Rwanda, who stand ready to accept people who wish to rebuild their lives and cannot stay in the UK."

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