The maiden flight to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, more than 6,000 kilometers away, will cost the public exchequer more than 600,000 euros and can carry less than ten crew members.
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A day after the Irish Protocol launched a challenge to the European Union, the government of boris johnson A new international stir has been sparked by the first flight with deported immigrants to Rwanda which is set to depart on Tuesday. Foreign Secretary liz truss has defended the controversial measure as “absolutely moral”, despite the fact that Prince Charles himself described it as “horrendous”, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described it as “contrary to the nature of God”. did.
In the full countdown to the departure of the first flight, a total of 24 bishops and the archbishop have published a joint paper. many times Claiming that the Johnson administration’s deportation should “shame us as a nation.” Anglican bishops claim the country’s “Christian heritage” and stress the moral obligation to “treat asylum seekers with compassion and justice”.
“I don’t agree with that,” Liz Truss told Sky News. ,Those who are immoral are smugglers who deal in human misery, Those who criticize the plan should come up with an alternative that works. Our policy is completely legal and ethical.”
Truss, who publicly defended the plan devised by controversial Home Secretary Priti Patel (the daughter of Indian diaspora living in Uganda), said, “What we want is to set a principle and break the smugglers’ business model. “
The maiden flight to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, more than 6,000 kilometers away, will cost the public exchequer more than 600,000 euros and could carry fewer than ten crew members on board, compared to more than 30 initially planned. most of them are Kurdish men of Iranian and Iraqi originWithout a family, who crossed the English Channel and reached the British coast.
Legal resources have managed to stop individual cases, although an attempt to stop the plane from leaving—in a coordinated action by several unions to protect immigrants—crashed on Monday against the final decision of the Court of Appeals.
Growing arrivals on the English Channel
Despite acknowledging that there would be few crew members on the first flight, Truss predicted that by the end of the year “a significant number of immigrants” who have entered the United Kingdom illegally would be deported. The influx of immigrants across the English Channel has continued since the controversial announcement of the “Rwanda Plan”.
last Monday, 138 people reached British shores In inflatable boats. More than 10,000 immigrants – mostly men of Kurdish, Iranian or Iraqi descent – have arrived on British shores in the past few years. This figure is already double that of last year, when the year-end record of 28,000 migrants was reached. The British government plans to intensify its efforts with a promotional campaign on the social network, warning those who dare cross the Channel that their final destination will be Rwanda.
Boris Johnson himself defended the exile with determination before his Council of Ministers, despite receiving “unexpected” criticism (referring to Prince Charles and the bishop). “We have to make a clear distinction between those who come to the UK through legal means and those who do so through the channel in a dangerous and illegal way, which we want to avoid,” Johnson said.
The British government has entered into an agreement with Rwanda for the implementation of a pilot scheme that will run From five. The Kigali government is committed to providing housing and assistance for the duration of asylum applications and guaranteeing access to education and the labor market for five years if the application is approved. If denied, they face a second deportation, possibly to their home country.
This plan has also received many criticisms on the economic side. The British government will initially contribute around €140 million to the government of Rwanda, but by some estimates the annual cost per immigrant exceeds €15,000 per year. “It will be cheaper to have them at the Ritz in London,” warns Labor MP Kris Bryant
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