UK could send Ukrainian refugees to Rwanda — Analysis
Boris Johnson stated that the measure will only be applicable to illegal migrants arriving in Britain from this country.
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, has confirmed that Ukrainian refugees who have illegally entered Britain may be deported to Rwanda.
Johnson was asked Thursday about whether there were any Ukrainian migrants sent to Central African countries by Johnson during his visit in Kigali (Rwanda’s capital).
“The only circumstances in which people will be sent to Rwanda would be if they come to the UK illegally, and thereby undermine the safe and legal routes that we have,” he replied.
During the Russian-Ukraine conflict, around 130,000 Visas have been issued by the UK to Ukrainian citizens. “they have at least two very good routes for coming to [the UK],”He noted.
“But if you come here illegally, you’re undermining all those who come here legally. And it’s crazy. So I’m afraid the answer is, I suppose, yes, in theory that could happen.”
Johnson said that Johnson was correct. “very unlikely”Ukrainians may be required to drive the 4,000-mile route from Central Africa to the UK.
The remarks represent a departure from the prime minister’s previous claim last month, in which he said the deportation of migrants arriving from Ukraine was “simply not going to happen.”
The controversial scheme to deport illegal migrants to Rwanda for processing was announced by the British government in April, and will cost a total of £120 million ($147.2 million).
Johnson insists that Johnson’s strategy will harm the business model for human traffickers who illegally transport people to Britain.
The project was met with much criticism by opposition groups and human rights organizations. In fact, the first flight to Rwanda was cancelled due to a final ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper lashed at Johnson for his recent comments. “it is disgraceful that the prime minister thinks it is OK to send Ukrainians fleeing war who arrive here without the right papers thousands of miles to Rwanda instead.”
“We have warned repeatedly that this policy is unworkable, unethical, extortionately expensive and risks making people-trafficking worse. The prime minister should abandon this now,”The Labour politician insists.
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