Asylum seekers will be taken to a hostel in the Rwandan capital

Plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda from the UK are initially expected to see people taken to a hostel in the capital for processing.

Hope House, a hostel in Nyabugogo, the Gasabo district of Kigali, is currently being used as accommodation for tourists, according to Rwandan government officials.

Privately owned, the East African nation’s government is said to be in negotiations to lease the property so that asylum seekers sent from the UK can stay there temporarily while their claims are processed.

Plans should initially see people taken to Hope House (Flora Thompson/PA) (PA wire)

It is understood that this could take up to three months.

Home Secretary Priti Patel paid a private visit to the site on Thursday to see an example of the accommodation offer.

It would be Ms Patel’s first visit to Rwanda since the deal was struck, having been briefed by Home and Foreign Ministry officials who have studied the plan.

The resort currently has 50 rooms and can accommodate around 100 people with up to two people per room and sharing communal bathrooms.

A view of the Hope House facilities (Flora Thompson/PA) (PA wire)

But there are plans to expand the facility by building more accommodation blocks, seeing it eventually offer 150 rooms and can accommodate up to 300 people.

Asylum seekers are to receive meals three times a day in a communal dining room, with cooking facilities also available for people with special dietary needs.

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Linda G. Ibarra