The Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) said that hundreds of migrants can be transported annually from the UK to Rwanda under a new agreement between the two countries.
Every day people try to get to the UK from France by making a dangerous journey across the English Channel. But under new arrangements made last month, many will now be told on arrival that they will be deported to East Africa instead.
Two groups of migrants have already been notified that their flights have been booked.
The agreement, signed by the UK and the Rwandan government, stipulates that migrants arriving in the UK without the necessary documentation to stay are instead sent to an East African country.
It will run for five years – the UK government has promised to invest $ 150 million in Rwanda’s economic development and growth, as well as to finance operating and housing costs provided by the scheme …
When the plan was announced, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tens of thousands of people could be brought into the country in the coming years.
But there has been a shift in those figures from Deputy Prime Minister Dominique Raab, who now says the number of migrants deported to Rwanda is likely to reach hundreds … but the Interior Ministry says there is no limit.
More than 28,000 people arrived in the UK each year after crossing the English Channel – one of the busiest shipping routes in the world – in small boats
More and more people are coming every day.
Concern was expressed by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Philip Grande, who said on Twitter that “changing the responsibilities of asylum is not a solution” and that the UN Human Rights Council “will continue to offer concrete solutions that respect international law.” – Report by Lori McKin-Isherwood