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Boris Johnson announces plan to deport tens of thousands of UK asylum seekers to Rwanda

The United Kingdom will deport asylum seekers who cross the English Channel to Rwanda as part of a new plan to combat irregular immigration, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday.

Tragedy in the English Channel while the United Kingdom and France tighten their controls against migrants

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The head of the Conservative Government has confirmed this measure in a speech in the town of Lydd, in the county of Kent (southeast of England), before his Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, signs the agreement with the Rwandan authorities in Kigali.

Patel is in Kigali today to sign this agreement with the Rwandan authorities, who expect to receive an initial package of 125 million pounds (150 million euros) in exchange for their support for the United Kingdom.

Patel has said that people resettled in Rwanda will receive support for up to five years, covering training, accommodation and health care, so they can “thrive” in the country, according to The Guardian.

The plan has already been criticized by British opposition parties, which have called the plan “shameful and evil”, and non-governmental organizations that help refugees.

The measure is part of the Executive’s objective to reform the immigration system and regain control of the UK’s borders after Brexit.

The Prime Minister has also confirmed that the British Navy (Royal Navy) will assume control of the British waters of the English Channel, between France and England, to prevent boats with refugees from reaching the coast of southeastern England.

The goal of this plan, says Johnson, is to send “a clear message” to organizations that profit from desperate asylum seekers seeking a “better life.”

“But it is these hopes, these dreams, that have been exploited. These vile human traffickers are preying on the vulnerable and turning the Canal into a watery graveyard, with men, women and children drowning in unseaworthy boats and suffocating in refrigerated trucks,” he added.

“A humanitarian boost”

In his speech, He has described the measure as “innovative” and motivated by “a humanitarian impulse” and that with it “Rwanda will have the capacity to resettle tens of thousands of people in the coming years.”

Despite everything, the conservative leader has recognized that the plan can be sued before the British courts, possibly by organizations that work with refugees, so he anticipates that it will not be able to be applied in the short term.

“Our compassion may be infinite, but our ability to help people is not. We cannot ask the British taxpayer to write a blank check to cover the costs of anyone who wants to come and live here,” Johnson said.

The Prime Minister explained that the Government has been working with Rwanda for six months on this immigration system.