UN ‘opposes’ London sending asylum seekers to Rwanda

Britain planned to send asylum seekers to Rwanda who had arrived illegally in its territory.

The United Kingdom is facing fierce opposition to its controversial plan, presented on Thursday 14 April, to send asylum seekers who have arrived illegally on British soil to Rwanda, in the hope of deterring the increasingly clandestine crossings of the English Channel.

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As Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to control immigration, a key issue in the Brexit campaign, the number of illegal crossings of the canal tripled in 2021, a year that saw 27 migrants die in a shipwreck at the end of November. London regularly criticizes Paris for not doing enough to stop it. “From today (…) anyone who enters the UK illegally as well as those who have arrived illegally since 1 January will now be able to move to RwandaThe Conservative leader announced in a speech in Kent (southeast of England).

A grossly ill-thought-out idea

Rwanda will be able to absorbTens of thousands of people in the coming yearsHe added, describing the East African country as one of theThe safest in the world, globally recognized for its record of welcoming and integrating immigrantsThis bill, which is likely to apply to all foreigners who have entered illegally, wherever they come from (Iran, Syria, Eritrea, etc.), provoked scandalous reactions and “strong opposition“From ONU.”People fleeing war, conflict and persecution deserve sympathy and empathy. They should not be traded like commodities and transported abroad for processing.Gillian Treggs, Assistant High Commissioner for International Protection at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement.

Amnesty International criticizedA grossly ill-thought-out ideaand emphasized “The dismal human rights recordfrom Rwanda. Daniel Swig, director of the human rights organization Stand Up for All, denounced to AFP the initiative “Inhuman, impractical and very expensiveRecommending open entry routes to the UK instead.Safer‘Because the ones that are’very limitedFor Nadia Hardman, of Human Rights Watch, the deviceHold“proces”Syrian refugees are desperately searching for a safe place“.”They will arrive and expect to be treated according to the core values ​​the UK says they represent, but instead they will be moved“Thousands of kilometers away, I denounced.

a very silly idea

Labor opposition accused Boris Johnson of diverting attention after he was fined for a birthday party in full confinement. En envoyant des demandseurs d’asile à plus de 6000 kilomètres de Londres, le gouvernement veut décourager les candidats au départ vers le Royaume-Uni, toujours plus nombreux: 28,500 personnes ont effectué ces périllesleusles 84 en tra 2021, Ministry of Interior Affairs. At Dover, opinions are divided:They must be returned because it is not our responsibilityAndy, 68, a veteran British soldier, told AFP. Mike Alan, a 73-year-old retiree, came up with the idea.”Totally ridiculous” And “More expensive in the long run“.

Seeking to regain popularity ahead of local elections next month, Boris Johnson and his government have for months sought deals with third countries to send migrants while they wait for processing. Such a measure has already been implemented by Australia with remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, a policy that has been much criticized. Under the deal announced Thursday, London will initially fund the device at 120 million pounds (144 million euros). The Rwandan government has specified that it will propose the possibility ofTo settle permanently in Rwanda if they wish“.

Our empathy may be unlimited, but our ability to help people is not.said Boris Johnson, who expects legal action against the device. As part of this plan, which complements the broad immigration law currently in Parliament, the government on Thursday entrusted the monitoring of the illegal crossings of the canal to the navy, with additional equipment. On the other hand, he abandoned his plan to push the boats into British waters, a measure particularly denounced by the French side.


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