The British want to curb illegal immigration with this. This approach is part of broader measures to combat migration across the Channel. For example, the Navy will patrol the canal to stop refugee boats.
These measures are intended in part to deter people from making a dangerous journey. “The prospect of sending them to Rwanda will deter a lot of people,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. According to the head of government, it is also a blow to people smugglers who make a lot of money by illegally transporting people from France to England. “It is better for people to apply for asylum in a legal way.”
Johnson believes there are still lawsuits over the agreement with Rwanda. “But we don’t think we’re violating any international treaties with this.”
The UN human rights organisation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told the Guardian that it will wait for the final British plans, but the UNHCR is concerned that one country may want to send asylum seekers to another. “UNHCR does not support the outsourcing of asylum obligations. This also includes sending asylum seekers and refugees to other countries, especially if their rights are not sufficiently secured.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel has traveled to Rwanda where she will give more details, including where people should stay. Rwandan Minister Vincent Perrota said agreements have been made to ensure “people are protected, respected and supported in achieving their ambitions.” They also have the opportunity to settle permanently in Rwanda, if they want to.
The opposition Labor Party describes it as an “impractical and immoral” approach to the refugee problem. It remains to be seen to what extent the British monitor living conditions in Rwanda.
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