First Rwanda migrant flight to take place on June 14 as Home Office begins handing out formal Removal Direction letters

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Home Office announcement 'is another crucial step'

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The Home Office has confirmed that the first migrant flight to Rwanda will take place on June 14.

Those who are set to be sent to Rwanda have begun to be issued with formal Removal Direction letters, the Home Office added.

The Removal Direction confirms that they will be going to Rwanda and when.

People thought to be migrants in Dover, Kent
People thought to be migrants in Dover, Kent
Home Secretary Priti Patel
Home Secretary Priti Patel

In a statement, the Home Office said: "The Government’s world-leading Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda has taken its final administrative step, as the Home Office has begun issuing formal Removal Direction letters to those who are set to go to Rwanda where they will be able to rebuild their lives in safety.

"People who have taken dangerous, unnecessary, and illegal journeys, including crossing the Channel, are among those being relocated there."

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Our world-leading Partnership with Rwanda is a key part of our strategy to overhaul the broken asylum system and break the evil people-smugglers’ business model.

“Today’s announcement is another critical step towards delivering that Partnership and, while we know attempts will now be made to frustrate the process and delay removals, I will not be deterred and remain fully committed to delivering what the British public expect.”

The Home Office added that they were speaking with all individuals to "ensure the process is fully understood and people are given the appropriate support ahead of departure."