London will not send Ukrainian refugees to Africa under its controversial scheme to “process” migrants
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister has announced that Ukrainian refugees fleeing conflicts between Moscow and Kiev won’t be transported to Rwanda in spite of a recent agreement not to permit illegal migrants. It is not possible to make such a move. “simply not going to happen,”Johnson said this to LBC Radio, Thursday. Johnson did not give any details about the reasoning behind drawing a line between Ukrainians, and those fleeing to other countries.
Johnson insists on the fact that London continues to support Ukraine and its citizens amid ongoing conflict. Johnson claims Britain has done everything possible to aid them and other refugees.
“There is no country that has opened its hearts more to people fleeing war and persecution around the world since 2015. No one’s done more,”He said.
Two different options are available at the moment. “Ukrainian schemes”To help refugees with both “uncapped,”According to the PM, One is the unification of family members, whereby Ukrainians who are already in the UK can bring their families over.
“You have a quite a big Ukrainian community in the UK, perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 people, who want to bring relatives, distant relatives they can be, we don’t mind, over to the UK. That’s scheme number one,”He said.
A sponsorship program, also known as “Sponsorship Scheme”, is another option. “Homes for Ukrainians,”This allows people and organisations to provide shelter for Ukrainians fleeing conflict. Johnson said that the second scheme was more complicated than the first because it required both the screening of the refugees as well as ensuring they got the right documents. “right homes.”
“You’ve also got to make sure, in quite a difficult time for Ukraine, when we don’t know the identities exactly of people leaving the theatre of war, you got to make sure that you’re screening people as well,”The PM stated that he had ruled out sending Ukrainian refugees to Rwanda, and stressed it was something that could be done. “simply not going to happen.”
Last month, the controversial Rwanda plan was revealed. According to this plan, those who are found to have illegally arrived in the UK will be sent to the African country. “processing.”They may be granted refugee or asylum status, if they succeed.
High ranking officials in the UK praised the deal as an “agreement”. “world first,”This has been criticized by rights organizations and charities. For example, the United Nations High Commissioner to Refugees (UNHCR) urged London not to. “re-think”Contradictory scheme “the letter and spirit of the Refugee Convention.”
“People fleeing war, conflict and persecution deserve compassion and empathy. They should not be traded like commodities and transferred abroad for processing,”Gillian Triggs is UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protective Affairs.
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