Britain will transfer asylum seekers who cross the English Channel to Rwanda. It is Boris Johnson’s controversial plan to combat illegal immigration, which has not stopped growing since the country left the European Union. Last year alone, more than 28,000 people crossed the canal illegally.
The Johnson administration has announced several measures to dismantle human trafficking networks such as that the Navy patrols the British coast. the Royal Navy will assume control of the territorial waters of the Channel, located between France and England. There will be aerial surveillance, military personnel, helicopters and drones, in order to send a “clear message” to human traffickers that if they risk the lives of those seeking refuge, they face prison terms.
The conservative politician defended the need to take measures to combat the “vile human traffickers” who turn the waters of the English Channel into a “cemetery”, although he anticipated that this plan will not come into force immediately. The measure must be approved by Parliament.
“Anyone who enters the UK illegally, as well as those who have arrived illegally since January 1, can now be relocated to Rwanda,” the UK Prime Minister announced. This has been his most controversial measure, consisting of transferring men alone and making them wait there while their asylum application is processed.
Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economic countries in Africa, but concern for respect for human rights.
The move comes a day after the World Health Organization lamented that there are first- and second-class refugees. “I don’t know if the world really lends the same attention to black and white lives“said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
It recognizes that all the attention that is being devoted to Ukraine is very important and has repercussions throughout the world. But he laments that “not even a fraction of that solidarity is being provided to Tigray, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria” and other conflict zones. The world, she says, “is not treating the human race the same way.”