August 7, 2022

The UK GOVERNMENT’s plan to forcibly deport some asylum seekers to Rwanda to discourage others from pondering of touring was referred to as a “complete failure” after 696 individuals crossed the English Channel in small boats on Monday.

It is the busiest day of the yr up to now, and it is solely the second time in 2022 that the every day determine has topped 600 individuals.

This now implies that the variety of individuals transitioning in 2022 is round 17,095. On the equal second in 2021, their complete quantity was just below 9,500.

Three months in the past, Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel signed what she referred to as the “world’s first” settlement with Rwanda price round £120 million.

Below the phrases of the deal, the East African nation will settle for migrants who the UK believes arrived “illegally”.

Nevertheless, the primary flight to Rwanda, which was speculated to take off on June 14, was stopped at 11 am after an interim ruling by the European Court docket of Human Rights.

A better courtroom listening to is scheduled for September to find out the legality of the coverage.

Each Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have pledged to double down on their insurance policies in the event that they change into the following prime ministers.

SNP Shadow Dwelling Secretary Stuart McDonald referred to as it “a headline-grabbing ploy”.

He mentioned: “The truth that so many individuals are prepared to embark on the perilous Channel crossing in quest of a greater life exhibits the determined scenario many refugees and asylum seekers discover themselves in by means of no fault of their very own.

“It makes it all of the extra outrageous that when refugees and asylum seekers efficiently arrive within the UK, they’re handled with hostility by the UK authorities attributable to horrendous insurance policies comparable to deportation makes an attempt to Rwanda that rob individuals of their dignity and violate worldwide regulation.

“These are the individuals who want safety, properties, assist and the chance to contribute to our financial system and society, not gunboats, detention facilities and deportation.

“Along with being a surprising coverage and a rejection of our worldwide commitments, the numbers that proceed to overlap present that the so-called deterrent impact of the Rwandan coverage can also be an entire failure.

“Because the Dwelling Affairs Committee not too long ago acknowledged, all too typically the Dwelling Workplace comes up with thrilling ruse headlines as a substitute of fixing a damaged asylum system.”

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