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UK, Nigeria Forge Migrant "Deal"

UK Border Force officials transfer migrants intercepted whilst travelling in a RIB from France to Dover from a Patrol Vessel to the Border Force cutter HMC Speedwell and the tug boat DHB Dauntless at the Marina in Dover, southeast England on 8.13.2020.

Britain said on Thursday that it has agreed a new deal with Nigeria that would see them work together to tackle illegal migration and speed up the removal of foreign criminals.

UK authorities have yet to release details of its new agreement with Nigeria, but it might parallel the arrangement London forged with Kigali to send migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees one-way to Rwanda to rid Britain of them.

The government, which has faced criticism for its recently-announced partnership with Rwanda to send asylum seekers to the East African country, said that the agreement with Nigeria would also promote "shared bilateral economic interests."

Some observers suspect that the London-Lagos migrant pact may include, as did the Rwanda deal, a substantial cash payment to the African nation in return for accepting people the UK wants to be rid of.

This is a developing story. VOA will provide additional details as they become available. Information in this report was sourced from Reuters and Agence France-Presse