The UK government has criticized the plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as “racist” and “inhumane”.

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London Britain will send migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Channel thousands of miles away to Rwanda under a controversial agreement announced Thursday, as the government tries to clamp down on record numbers of people applying for asylum. The perilous journey.

“From today … anyone entering the UK illegally as well as those who have arrived illegally since 1 January may be transferred to Rwanda,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech near Dover in southeast England. “Rwanda will have the capacity to resettle tens of thousands of people in the coming years.”

Called an East African country with a A superficial record of human rights “One of the safest countries in the world, and globally recognized for its record of welcoming and integrating immigrants.”

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A group of people believed to be migrants crossing from France come ashore from a local lifeboat in Dungeness in Kent, having been picked up following a small boat accident in the English Channel, July 20, 2021.

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Johnson was elected in part on promises to curb illegal immigration, but instead saw record numbers that make crossing the canal too risky.

He also announced that the British Border Agency would hand over responsibility for patrolling the canal of migrant boats to the Navy.

More than 28,000 people He arrived in Britain after crossing the Channel from France in small boats in 2021. About 90% of them were male and three-quarters of them were men between the ages of 18 and 39.

The Rwanda plan quickly drew the ire of opposition politicians, who accused Johnson of trying to divert attention from his existence. Fined for breaching coronavirus lockdown rulesWhile rights groups criticized the project, describing it as “inhuman”.

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Ghana and Rwanda had previously been mentioned as potential locations for the UK to outsource the processing of migrants, but Ghana in January denied its involvement.

Instead, Kigali announced on Thursday that it had signed a multi-million dollar deal to do the job, during the visit of British Home Secretary Priti Patel.

“Rwanda welcomes this partnership with the United Kingdom to host asylum seekers and migrants and provide them with legal residency” in the East African country, Foreign Minister Vincent Perrota said in a statement.

She said the deal with Rwanda would be funded by the UK with up to 120 million pounds ($157 million), with migrants being integrated into communities across the country.

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A Royal National Lifeboat Corporation lifeboat helps migrants before they are taken to a beach in Dungeness, on the southeast coast of England, on November 24, 2021, after crossing the English Channel.

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In Dover, the English port city where many immigrants arrive after crossing the Channel, some residents welcomed the announcement.

“They should be brought back because that is not our responsibility. Our responsibility is to take care of our people, which we are not doing,” the 68-year-old retired Andy told AFP.

“I understand that people are fleeing oppression, I understand. But if they are coming here for one thing, which is money, that is wrong for me.”

Tim Nauer Hilton of Refugee Action accused the government of “transferring its responsibilities to the former colonies of Europe rather than doing our fair share to help some of the most vulnerable people on the planet”.

“This money-for-people scheme would be a cowardly, barbaric and inhuman way of dealing with people fleeing persecution and war,” he said.

Scottish Health Minister Hamza Yusuf said the plan showed the Conservative government was “institutionally racist”.

The government “provides the right to asylum and asylum for them.” Ukrainians flee from warBut he wants to send others seeking asylum thousands of miles away to Rwanda for “treatment”.

Australia is pursuing a policy of sending asylum-seekers arriving by boat to detention camps on the Pacific island of Nauru, as Canberra has pledged not to allow asylum-seekers arriving by boat to settle permanently in Australia.

Johnson said that since 2015, the UK has offered “more than 185,000 men, women and children seeking asylum (…) more than any other similar resettlement scheme in Europe”.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, Germany received the largest number of asylum seekers in Europe (127,730) in 2021, followed by France (96,510), while the United Kingdom received the fourth largest number of applicants (44,190).

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