The plans for the British government are facing serious backlash from the opposition parties and human rights organizations over Rwanda migrants.
Earlier this month, the British government announced that they will send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing, to discourage migrants from entering England using small boats.
It is well documented that more than 4 500 migrants have crossed the English Channel through France to Britain in small boats this year.
It is believed the number has doubled compared to the previous year.
There have been several fatalities during the crossing, including 27 migrants who drowned when their boat overturned off the northern French coast in November.
These incidents have played a crucial role in a bitter debate about how political agreements must be put in place for dangerous treks to stop.
Britain plans to fly migrants for more than 6000km to Rwanda, where they will be placed in temporal centers until their asylum claims are approved.
Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta signed the policy with Britain’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, during a visit to Kigali earlier this month.
Addressing the media after the signing of the policy, Patel said the criminal will has diluted the administration of the issuing of asylums.
“The persistent circumventing of our laws and immigration rules and the reality of a system that is open to gain and to criminal exploitation has eroded public support for Britain’s asylum system and those who genuinely need access to it,” Patel said.
Patel said curbing crime should be the narrative at all costs.
“Putting evil people, smugglers, out of business is a moral imperative. It requires us to use every tool at our disposal and also to find new solutions,” added the home secretary.
An amount of $156 million has been paid to the Rwandan government to test the 5-year trial.
It is also believed that Britain will pay for each migrant the African nation will accept during the process.
Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Biruta, told reporters in Kigali that the agreement with the British government will play a vital role in the development of the people of Rwanda and its economic growth.
“This [plan] will not only help them, but it will benefit Rwanda and Rwandans and help to advance our development,” he said.
Despite how the plan appears to be working for both parties, it was also met with some backlash both in and outside England.
Archbishop of the Canterbury Justin Welby criticized the plan during his Easter sermon, saying that England must not run away from its responsibility.
“Subcontracting out our responsibilities, even to a country that seeks to do well, like Rwanda, is the opposite of the nature of God,” Archbishop Welby said.
Meanwhile, the migrant support groups accuse the British government of outsourcing refugee processing and being hypocritical to Rwanda as they flagged human rights concerns.
By: Admire Maluleke