UK to Send Asylum Seekers to Rwanda for Processing

The United Kingdom will send some asylum seekers to Rwanda to have their applications processed as part of a government crackdown on unauthorized migrants.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the agreement with Rwanda in a speech in Kent on April 14 morning, before UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signs it.

The plans include handing operational control of the Channel to the navy and setting up a new reception center to hold people attempting to enter the UK to assist in ending the practice of hotels housing asylum seekers.

Under the deal, the Rwandan government will be paid an initial cost of £120 million ($157 million), which will be funded by the UK taxpayer.

“The British people voted several times to control our borders — not to close them, but to control them. So just as Brexit allowed us to take back control of legal immigration by replacing free movement with our points-based system, we are also taking back control of illegal immigration, with a long-term plan for asylum in this country,” Johnson is expected to say.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper criticized the plans as “unworkable, unethical, and extortionate.”

Cooper warned that the deal would cost the UK taxpayer billions of pounds amid a cost of living crisis.

Cooper also said that the deal was a “desperate and shameful… attempt to distract from Boris Johnson’s lawbreaking,” referring to the prime minister being fined for breaching COVID-19 rules.

Last week, Refugees Minister Richard Harrington said that he had not been informed of the plans and indicated that it would likely fail.

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