BoJo’s plan for Rwandan migrants can only remove 300 illegals per year

According to a leaked government analysis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to transfer migrants by boat to Rwanda could see just 300 deported to the African nation a year.

Modeling by Priti Patel’s Home Office, which is responsible for enforcing immigration laws in Britain – or not, as the case may be – suggested that only around 300 illegals would be sent to Rwanda each year, depending on The Times of London.

The document notes that if the analysis proves correct, it would take 34 years to expel just 10,000 migrants from the country – while more than 28,000 arrived by boat last year, in addition to tens of thousands more who have arrived by other clandestine means or have overstayed. their visas.

The official journal also pointed out that less than 300 bogus asylum seekers a year have been deported under the European Union’s Dublin Regulation in the past six years that Britain has been a party to it, with the new rules on when migrants can be transferred to Rwanda. being conceived in the same spirit.

The Home Office, for its part, denied knowledge of this internal report and tried to debunk the reports about it by stating that there was no cap on the number of migrants who could be deported. as part of the deal with Rwanda – perhaps a bit dishonestly, as it could Admittedly only around 300 migrants per year should be deported using it even though it is theoretically uncapped.

“Across government is united in our efforts to prevent death crossings, save lives and disrupt illegal migration,” a spokesperson said, despite years of rising illegal immigration and a drop in deportations.

So far this year, more than 7,300 stowaways have arrived on British shores after crossing the English Channel in small boats. The pace of illegal travel through the busy waterway has increased dramatically over the past two years and estimates predict that up to 100,000 people could land on British soil this year.

To deter the growing problem, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced last month that it had signed an agreement with Rwanda for migrants to be hosted in that country while their asylum claims are being processed, rather than in institutions funded by taxpayers. accommodation in the UK.

The plan has faced considerable backlash from both left and right, with social justice advocates including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby criticizing the plan as inhumane and contrary to “God’s will”.

Right-wing sceptics, including Brexit leader Nigel Farage, have warned the £120m Rwanda deal will be ineffective as the UK is still bound by the European Court of Human Rights – leaving the plan vulnerable to legal challenges from activist lawyers. .

Commenting on the Home Office’s alleged analysis of the scheme, Mr Farage wrote Friday: “If Rwandan policy only leads to 300 deportations, there will be real anger. Johnson made a big promise.

Earlier this week, the arch-Brexiteer warned that if migrants did not start being deported to Rwanda soon, the Johnson government would face dire electoral consequences. Reports are emerging that it can take months for a single takedown flight to lift off the ground.

Farage noted that there are “one million households on the UK social housing list today – many of them occupying Red Wall seats. They cannot understand why Johnson is not doing more to help them” , as the government continues to house migrants in hotels or other taxpayer-funded accommodation.

The stated aim of the plan to send illegal migrants to Rwanda is to deter others from making the dangerous journey across the English Channel, but reports have emerged of migrants in camps in France saying they are not scared by threat – perhaps because there is no evidence that it is actually implemented.

Although some Tories have previously tried to claim that the Rwandan plan has already started to have a chilling effect, with an 11-day break in boats, dinghies started again from France over the bank holiday weekend, which saw more than 550 ashore in just two days.

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