The British government has started notifying migrants who have arrived in the UK illegally that they will be deported to Rwanda. The first flight is scheduled for June 14, despite the risk of an appeal, the interior ministry announced on Tuesday.
As soon as this highly controversial plan was announced in mid-April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson – expected in Rwanda’s capital Kigali in late June for a Commonwealth summit – had anticipated legal action from human rights groups. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “While we know there will be efforts to sabotage the process and delay the evictions, I will not deviate from this and remain fully committed to implementing the expectations of the British public.” “
discourage secret crossings
They welcomed a “new step” towards the implementation of the partnership with Rwanda as part of the government’s strategy to “break the broken asylum system and smugglers’ bad business model”. Thus the purpose of the agreement is to prevent covert crossings of the channel, which are increasing.
The statement said people deported to Rwanda would be able to “rebuild their lives there with full security”. London will initially finance the device for 120 million pounds (141 million euros). The Rwanda government, for its part, has clarified that it will offer migrants the possibility to “settle permanently in Rwanda if they so desire”.
plan of severe criticism
The deal that allowed Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda has drawn heavy criticism from human rights groups, opposition figures in both countries and even the United Nations.
One of the unions considering the appeal responded to the British government’s announcement on Tuesday, insisting it precedes the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign. Detention Action director Bella Sankey tweeted: “What a way to mark Jubilee Weekend, the victims of torture and slavery, who have traveled thousands of miles, will be sent to a dictatorship for safety.”
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