Keir Starmer to abandon plans to deport migrants to Rwanda

Keir Starmer to abandon plans to deport migrants to Rwanda
Keir Starmer to abandon plans to deport migrants to Rwanda

This project “was dead and buried before it even began. It was never a deterrent,” assured the new British Prime Minister.

New British Prime Minister Keir Starmer confirmed on Saturday that he was not “not ready” to continue the previous conservative government’s plan to deport migrants to Rwanda. This plan “was dead and buried before it even started. It was never a deterrent (…), I am not prepared to continue with gimmicky measures”Keir Starmer said at a press conference after the first cabinet meeting of the Labour government.

When he was in opposition, the leader of the Labour Party had already announced his intention to end this controversial Conservative project, launched in 2022 but never implemented. The subject of immigration was one of the main themes of the electoral campaign which has just ended in the United Kingdom and which saw Labour win a very large majority in the House of Commons. In the spring, the previous British Parliament had adopted a law allowing these expulsions – after a previous text was rejected by the country’s Supreme Court at the end of 2023.

Join forces with Europe against illegal immigrants

He planned to send migrants or asylum seekers to the East African country, with no way of returning to the UK. The previous prime minister, Rishi Sunak, had planned to start deportations this summer and authorities had started arresting migrants who might be sent there in early May. But with the general election looming, the courts ordered the release of dozens of them. Labour promised during the campaign to tackle illegal immigration, particularly the arrival of migrants on small boats via the English Channel.

The new government plans to deploy counter-terrorism-inspired resources to counter people-smuggling groups. And it wants to further strengthen cooperation with Europe, particularly France. It has also pledged to increase the resources for processing asylum applications in the United Kingdom, while the system has been congested for several years. Since the beginning of the year, more than 13,500 migrants have crossed the Channel to arrive in the United Kingdom. After falling last year, the number of arrivals has been on the rise again since January.

Nigel Farage’s anti-immigration, anti-establishment Reform UK party, which has made immigration the root of many of the UK’s ills, won five seats in the general election and will thus enter Parliament.

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