UK sends asylum seekers to Rwanda for treatment

Asylum seekers who have crossed the channel and are trying to reach the UK illegally can be taken to Rwanda to process their asylum application. This is evident from the new immigration plans presented by the British government today. Rwanda has ratified the agreement with Great Britain.

part of Rwanda Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the Commonwealth of NationsI gets 120 million pounds (more than 140 million euros) for a pilot project in which asylum seekers fly across the country while assessing their asylum application. The program would mainly focus on single men arriving in the UK via The Channel.

British Prime Minister Johnson today presented his new immigration plans:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will deliver a speech today to explain the plan. There he will say that something must be done to fight the “despicable smugglers” who are “turning the sea into a water graveyard”. “We cannot allow this illegal parallel system to exist. Our compassion may be infinite, but our ability to help people is not infinite.”

With the pilot project in Rwanda, the government is trying to fulfill its promise that Brexit will mean controlling British borders. Last year, 28,526 people crossed the Channel in small boats. 4578 added this year. About 600 people switched yesterday, and Johnson will say today that this will increase to 1,000 a day in a few weeks.

Bad reputation for human rights

The new immigration plans caused a lot of protest. Reference is made, for example, to Rwanda’s poor human rights record. Last year, Britain asked the United Nations to investigate murders, disappearances and torture in the East African country.

British politicians also strongly criticized the plan. The opposition Labor party describes the plan as “unworkable, unethical and excessive”, and says it wants to divert attention from Boris Johnson’s violations of the corona rules.

Minister Van der Burg of Justice describes the plan as “private”. He points out that Rwanda is ‘not a real neighbor of England’, but thinks that is the British business.

Van der Burg points out that the British are no longer a member of the EU. “That would not be possible in the Netherlands, because we are bound by agreements that they are not.”

Source: NOS