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Government denies contacts with the United Kingdom to welcome illegal immigrants

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied that contacts are being made with the British Government with a view to welcoming illegal immigrants.


The denial, made through a statement, one day after the Cape Verdean Government had spoken out in the same direction, follows news in the British press which reported that the two Portuguese-speaking countries would be on the list of countries with which the The UK government is considering negotiating the reception of illegal immigrants repatriated from the British Isles.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby informs national and international public opinion that the aforementioned information does not correspond to reality and that the Executive denies any contact with the British Government in this regard", reads the press release.

The reaction came after the British newspaper The Times reported, on Monday, that Cape Verde and Angola will be on a list of countries that could be approached by the United Kingdom, if negotiations with other countries (such as Costa Rica, Armenia , Ivory Coast and Botswana) to send migrants, according to official documents obtained through an information leak.

The British Government's proposed law to deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda returned to the House of Commons for a new series of debates and votes on amendments approved in the House of Lords.

The proposed law is considered essential by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to deter migrants crossing the English Channel in small vessels such as inflatable boats.

Sunak hopes that the first deportation flights will leave for Rwanda in the spring, thus obtaining a campaign argument to try to win the next legislative elections.

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