The British government has identified the first 50 illegal immigrants awaiting their asylum procedure in Rwanda. Prime Minister Johnson says there are plans to fly them in two weeks’ time, although he expects that to be delayed due to legal action.
Johnson management announced last month That some people crossing the Channel illegally would have to wait for their asylum claim to be processed in the African country, which is part of the Commonwealth. The United Kingdom allocates approximately 150 million euros to facilitate this.
Prime Minister Johnson said these policies were “disrupting the business model of gangs” who smuggle people across the Channel and “turning the sea into a watery graveyard”. The scheme will mainly target unmarried men arriving in Britain via the Channel.
Opponents speak a disgrace to the plan. They point out that it is stressful and that Rwanda has a bad reputation for human rights. Critics of the plan include 160 aid organizations, the Archbishop of Canterbury and former Prime Minister May.
Details of who has been identified for the first flight to Kigali have not been released yet. Johnson told the Daily Mail he assumed “left-wing lawyers” would try to stop the trial in court.
“We are ready for it. We dig and make it work,” the prime minister said.
Earlier this week, the minister dealing with immigration was unable to determine if he had actually noticed immigrants being deterred. “This policy is still new and untested. But eventually, also with other actions we take, we will see the dynamics change.”
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