Starmer canceled Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda policy on the first day

New UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer has scrapped outgoing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s plan to send aspirants to Rwanda. He announced this in his first press conference as Prime Minister on Saturday (July 6).

Starmer said the Rwanda policy was dead and buried before it started. It was not an effective measure to deter aspirants. I will not continue with strategies that do not work.

“I am not prepared to continue with tactics that do not act as deterrents,” he told reporters after the cabinet meeting. We are treating the plan as a ‘legacy issue’.

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Starmer also said that migrants who arrive in small boats have only a 1 percent chance of being sent to Rwanda. Human trafficking syndicates know this very well. So they continue to bring migrants to Europe in risky ways.

The UK government signed a five-year deal with Rwanda in April 2022 to send some of the migrants illegally crossing the English Channel to the UK to the African country of Rwanda.

According to the agreement, Rwanda will host migrants coming to the UK over five years. In return, the British government will help Rwanda for economic development. The UK also promised to pay extra for the resettlement of migrants. From May onwards, immigration aspirants were detained and arrested.

The first flight of migrants was scheduled to depart in June 2022, but was canceled at the last minute by an order from the European Court of Human Rights. In November of the following year, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom declared such plans illegal. But sage Sunak kept trying to make it work.

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After the introduction of the Rwanda Bill in the British Parliament, the opposition parties criticized it widely. After many days of debate in Parliament, the opposition lawmakers withdrew their objection on April 23 this year.

Former Prime Minister Sunak said, within 10 to 12 weeks, the flights with the aspirants will leave for Rwanda. But at this time there is uncertainty about whether it can be sent at all.

Earlier, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that the Rwanda Plan was an illegal plan considering the humanitarian aspect. But Rishi Sunak overruled the court and passed the law in Parliament.

Source: Al Jazeera