Concerns over immigration were a big factor in the 2016 Brexit vote, and Johnson has been under pressure to deliver on his promise to “take back control” of Britain’s borders. But his plan drew swift criticism from opponents of his Conservative Party and from charities.
Illegal immigration has been top agenda policy makers to-do-list in Europe for quite some time. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced criticism over the same. On Thursday he said, “aiming to break people-smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants across the Channel, Britain could send tens of thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country of Rwanda”.
“We must ensure that the only route to asylum in the UK is a safe and legal one,” Johnson said in a speech in Kent, southeast England, where thousands of migrants in small boats landed on Channel beaches last year.
“Those who try to jump the queue or abuse our systems will find no automatic path to set them up in our country, but rather be swiftly and humanely removed to a safe third country or their country of origin.”
In the new immigration plan, UK reached a deal to relocate all illegal immigrants to the Republic of Rwanda. “This is just the first stage of the process and we know it will take time as some will seek to frustrate the process and delay removals,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement.