British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will present today, Thursday, new measures to combat illegal immigration post-‘Brexit’, after a record year of migrant crossings in the English Channel, announced this Wednesday Downing Street.
London, United Kingdom | Johnson is expected to announce measures “to dismantle drug trafficking structures, intensify operations in the Channel, prosecute more criminals and put an end to the barbaric trade in human misery,” the British chief executive’s office said in a statement.
The presentation of these new measures takes place at a time when the prime minister is in difficulties, after being notified on Tuesday that he would be fined because of the parties held in Downing Street during the periods of confinement decreed to stop the covid pandemic. -19 – a scandal that affected his long-standing popularity.
Despite Boris Johnson having made combating illegal immigration his priority after ‘Brexit’ (the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union), crossings continued to increase in the English Channel.
The government plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda to be prosecuted in a bid to tackle small boat crossings in the English Channel.
Boris Johnson must argue that action is needed to combat the “vile people smugglers” who turn the ocean into a “water graveyard” in a speech on Thursday.
Asylum seekers will be sent to Rwanda to fight ‘vile people traffickers’ in the Channel. Boris Johnson is expected to lay out new plans for the asylum system, to bring individuals more than 4,000 miles to Rwanda to combat “vile people smugglers” in the English Channel.
Charities have warned that the “cruel and unpleasant decision” of offshore refugees will only “lead to more human suffering and chaos”.
More than 28,500 people took this route in 2021, compared to 8,466 in 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018, according to figures from the British Home Office.
“About 600 (migrants) crossed the Channel yesterday,” the prime minister will say on Thursday, adding:
“I understand that people are looking for a better life (…) and hope for a new beginning, but that hope, those dreams, have been exploited. Smugglers are abusing vulnerable people and turning the English Channel into an underwater graveyard” .
The British Home Office is also expected to announce a “migratory and economic development” agreement with Rwanda, signed by the minister, Priti Patel.
Johnson and his government have been trying for months to conclude agreements with third countries where to send migrants while they wait for their cases to be processed. Rwanda and Ghana were mentioned, but Ghana firmly denied in January that it was in talks with the UK on this matter.
Johnson will argue that the UK cannot “support an illegal parallel system” of immigration. “Our compassion may be infinite, but our ability to help people is not,” said the conservative leader, who is trying to take back the reins of his mandate after being fined under what has become known as the “Partygate”. .
“Just as Brexit allowed us to regain control of legal immigration, by replacing the free movement of people (within the European Union) with our points system, we are also regaining control of illegal immigration, with a long-term plan to asylum in this country”, he will say, according to the text put forward by Downing Street.
This plan will provide, according to the British chief executive, “a world-leading offer of asylum”, which will provide “generous protection to those fleeing the worst of humanity, welcoming thousands of people a year through safe and legal routes”.
The British parliament is also about to pass a law that could authorize the creation of centers abroad to which to deport migrants during the period when their requests are being evaluated or even authorize the coast guard to expel vessels with migrants from British territorial waters. .
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this law, if passed, would violate the Geneva Convention on Refugees, to which the United Kingdom is a signatory.
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