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The first batch of illegal migrants have been told they will be sent to Rwanda within a fortnight under the government’s controversial new immigration plans.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said 50 “illegal entrants to this country” have been notified and will be relocated under a new deal signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel in April.

Successful applicants will be granted asylum or refugee status Rwanda. Those whose offers have failed will be offered the option of applying for visas under other immigration pathways if they wish to stay but still risk deportation.

The prime minister also said he was ready to fight with “left-wing lawyers” who seek to challenge the government’s plan.

He told the Daily Mail: “There’s going to be a lot of legal opposition from the kinds of companies who have been taking taxpayers’ money for a long time to set up this kind of business, and to thwart the will of the people, the will of Parliament. We are ready for that.

“We’re going to dig in for the fight and you know, we’re going to make it work. We’ve got a huge flowchart of things we need to do to deal with it, with left-handed advocates.”

Rwanda’s controversial policy is facing a number of legal challenges by charities who question its legality.

Several “pre-action” letters – which pave the way for a legal challenge – have been sent to the Home Office.

Activists called the plan “cruel and wicked” and questioned the government’s security assessment of Rwanda.

Although the country was rated as “safe”, the assessment revealed that LGBTQI+ migrants could be “at risk of discrimination”.

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Ms Patel said it will take time” to deal with pending legal challenges.

Asked if he could respond with a review of the European Convention on Human Rights, Mr Johnson said: “We will look at everything. Nothing is on the table.”

The government has said those sent to Rwanda will receive support, including up to five years of training to help with integration, housing and healthcare.

Mr Johnson said tens of thousands of asylum seekers could end up being sent under the new scheme, with no limit on the number.

Facilities at Hope House in Kigali, where asylum seekers could initially be taken
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Facilities at Hope House in Kigali, where asylum seekers could initially be taken

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At least 7,739 people have arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel this year so far, according to analysis of government figures by the PA news agency.

This is more than three times the amount that had arrived in the same period in 2021 (2,439).

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