Asylum seekers are abandoning their attempts to stay in the UK because they are afraid they might be sent to Rwanda, The Mail on Sunday has learned.
Up to ten migrants have already asked to be returned home rather than risk having their claims for refugee status assessed in the central African nation.
They had begun the asylum process here but withdrew their applications after the Government announced the controversial new policy last month.
The news is a boost to Home Secretary Priti Patel as it offers the first sign that her plan – aimed at deterring migrants from making the perilous journey across the Channel – is beginning to work. This newspaper can also reveal that almost 100 migrants have now been given notices that they will be transported to Rwanda.
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