Background

The governments of the UK and Rwanda agreed a Migration and Economic Development Partnership in April 2022. The partnership allows the UK to send to Rwanda people who have made irregular journeys to the UK and would otherwise claim asylum in the UK. In return, the UK is providing development funding to Rwanda, and will pay additional processing and integration costs for each relocated person.

The Comptroller and Auditor General agreed to examine the partnership in response to a request by the Public Accounts Committee and Home Affairs Committee.

Scope

Our report will set out the facts in respect of the financial implications of the partnership. It will cover:

• the costs incurred to date

• the Home Office’s estimates of future payments and costs

• the Home Office’s oversight and approach to monitoring payments and costs.

NAO Team

Director: Oliver Lodge
Senior Audit Manager: Richard Baynham