Wed. May 29th, 2024

Botswana’s foreign minister has told a South African TV channel that the British government approached his country to ask whether it would be willing to receive migrants deported from the UK.

He didn’t say when the approach was made.

It follows unconfirmed reports earlier this month in the British press that the UK government was seeking to replicate its Rwanda scheme in Botswana, Armenia, Ivory Coast and Costa Rica.

Speaking in a phone interview on Newzroom Afrika, Lemogang Kwape said that Botswana refused the request which he said was made by the British foreign secretary and minister for Africa through “diplomatic channels”.

Mr Kwape said Botswana was unable to accept migrants from Britain because it was dealing with its own immigration issues.

“The British government doesn’t want these people in their country so they want to bury them in a faraway country….To receive unwanted immigrants from another country while we’re dealing with our own problems in the region would be unfair to Botswana,” he said.

By Joy

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