Two weeks in the past, UK prime minister Boris Johnson introduced a plan to ship tens of hundreds of asylum seekers on a one-way ticket from Britain to Rwanda.
That very same day, within the Rwandan capital of Kigali, UK house secretary Priti Patel signed the controversial UK-Rwanda settlement with the nation’s overseas minister.
The UK authorities says the brand new plan will deter folks from making the dangerous journey throughout the English Channel and clamp down on human-trafficking.
However human rights organisations, church leaders and MPs throughout the political spectrum say the plan is merciless, unworkable and can solely result in extra human struggling and chaos.
Irish Occasions London editor Denis Staunton joins at present’s In The Information podcast to elucidate the small print of UK-Rwanda deal, what it means for migrants arriving into Britain by way of unauthorised routes and why the conservative social gathering have determined to push this undertaking now.
“A lot of the people who vote conservative and who voted for Brexit wanted immigration to be controlled and this (boats crossing the English channel) is a very visible expression of the fact that immigration is not being controlled,” mentioned Staunton. “You’ve got local elections coming up in Britain on the 5th of May and so the government wanted to be seen to be taking real action against this.”
Regardless of assertions by Patel that Rwanda is “one of the world’s safest countries”, the nation is run by an authoritarian ruler, Irish Occasions Africa correspondent Sally Hayden advised the podcast.
“There isn’t a free civil society in Rwanda, there isn’t opposition, at least that don’t get harassed, there isn’t a free media, and there are human rights abuses. So for Paul Kagame, it’s a way of white-washing or avoiding scrutiny of other things happening in the country.”
In the present day on Within the Information, what’s the UK-Rwanda deal and what is going to it imply for asylum seekers who attain Britain.
Within the Information is offered by reporters Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope
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