United Kingdom asylum seekers crossing the English Channel into Rwanda as part of a new plan to fight illegal immigration, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.
The head of the Conservative government confirmed the event in the town of Leeds, in the county of Kent (south-east of England), before his interior minister, Pritty Patel, signed an agreement with the Rwandan government in Kigali.
Patel is in Kigali today to sign this agreement with the Rwandan authorities, who are expecting to receive an initial package of მილი 125 million (€ 150 million) in exchange for UK support.
Patel said people displaced in Rwanda will receive assistance over five years, which includes training, accommodation and health care, to enable them to “thrive” in the country. According to The Guardian.
The plan has already been criticized by British opposition parties, who have called the plan “disgraceful and evil”, and by NGOs that help refugees.
The move is part of the executive branch’s goal to regain control of the UK border after immigration reform and Brexit.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that the British Navy (Royal Navy) would take control of British Channel waters between France and England to prevent boats carrying refugees to the south-east coast of England.
The goal of the plan, Johnson said, is to send a “clear message” to organizations that benefit desperate asylum seekers seeking a “better life.”
“But it was these hopes, these dreams that were used. These disgusting human traffickers hunt down the vulnerable and turn the canal into a water cemetery where men, women and children drown in barren boats and drown in trucks. ”
In his speech, He described the event as “innovative” and motivated by “humanitarian impetus” and that with it “Rwanda will be able to relocate tens of thousands of people in the coming years”.
Despite everything, the Conservative leader has realized that the plan can be appealed in British courts, possibly by organizations working with refugees, so he expects it to not be used in the short term.
“Our compassion can be boundless, but our ability to help people is not. “We can not ask a British taxpayer to write a blank check to cover anyone who wants to come and live here,” Johnson said.
The Prime Minister explained that the government has been working with Rwanda for six months on this immigration system.
Source: El Diario