British MPs literally trashed scheme to send migrants to Rwanda

There is “no clear evidence” that the plan to send migrants seeking asylum in the UK to Rwanda will work. This was stated by members of the British Parliament.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee says “much more clarity is needed on the resettlement of some UK migrants to Rwanda” and accuses ministers of chasing “good headlines” in the press.

According to Sky News, MPs say the British government's plan to send migrants to Rwanda “appears to have gone unnoticed” by those trying to cross the English Channel and “there is no clear evidence that it will work.”

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee also accused British ministers of seeking “radical new policies that could make good headlines” and said the “biggest deterrent” to crossing the English Channel would be to prevent migrants “once- or leave France.”

A parliamentary report says: “Much more clarity is needed on a new plan to resettle some of the British migrants in Rwanda. There is no clear evidence that this policy will deter migrants from crossing the border.”

More than 14,000 migrants have traveled across the English Channel from continental Europe to the UK this year, according to preliminary data. The total for 2022 could reach an estimated 60,000 people.

The British government does not rule out leaving the human rights system in Europe after the latest legal decisions were passed last month blocking the first planned deportation flight.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee's inquiry said the British government's response to the migrant crisis was characterized by “inattention and bad decisions” that exacerbated problems and “undermined public confidence” in the asylum system and border control.

The “perceived unwillingness” of the French government to find a solution did not help matters, the document said. It was “correct” to abandon plans to push migrants out at sea, as it was difficult to see how the benefits of such a tactic would outweigh “its potential costs in terms of risk to the lives of migrants and officials and damage to the UK's reputation.”

The “biggest deterrent” to crossing the English Channel would be to prevent migrants from “ever leaving France”, MPs say.

Attempts to negotiate return agreements with EU countries to send migrants back to safety countries “completely failed” after the UK withdrew from the Dublin arrangements when freedom of movement ended.

There is a “worrisome trend” in UK Home Office statements being made before “detailed policies have been worked out, tested or even agreed between government departments”.

A parliamentary inquiry recommended that the British government negotiate with France on the introduction of further preventive measures on the continent and the establishment of British asylum evaluation centers there.

“The policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda appears to have gone unnoticed by those trying to cross the English Channel,” committee chair Diana Johnson said. She added that policy development has “moved away from evidence-based, proven and cost-effective solutions that are responsive to the changing demands placed on it.”

Diana Johnson continued: “Instead, we are looking for a radical new policy, which could make headlines, but does little to stop the flow of people willing to risk their lives to get to the UK by any means. The UK needs a reality-based asylum system. It must be fair, efficient and recognize the UK's international obligations.”

Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council, welcomed the report and urged the next UK prime minister to succeed Boris Johnson to “immediately rethink and focus on real alternatives that, contrary to rhetoric, are readily available.”


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