Boris Johnson has revealed the first 50 migrants have been told they will be sent to Rwanda within two weeks.
The policy drew widespread criticism from human rights organizations and even faced backlash from Tory backbenchers, former Prime Minister Theresa May and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The government said it was prepared for a spate of legal claims as it prepares to send migrants to the east African nation within two weeks. In conversation with the Daily mailMr Johnson said the migrants had already been served with “letters of intent” marking the beginning of the process.
“There will be a lot of legal opposition from companies that have a long history of taking taxpayers’ money to run these types of cases and thwart the will of the people, the will of Parliament,” Mr Johnson said.
“We are prepared for that. We’re going to fight – we’re going to make it work. We have a huge flowchart of things we need to do to deal with leftist lawyers.”
The controversial policy has come under scrutiny since it was announced with the latest reports claiming that LGBT+ refugees sent to Rwanda could be prosecuted and Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion could also be sent to East Africa .
The Home Office’s Equality Impact Assessment for the directive, released this week, said there were “concerns” about the treatment of some LGBTQ+ people and that research suggests the “ill-treatment” of this group was “more than a one-off”. .
The document also reveals that some asylum seekers in Rwanda have to wait years for a decision and two-thirds are ultimately rejected.
Meanwhile, Immigration Secretary Tom Pursglove said decisions to send asylum seekers to the east African country would be considered on a case-by-case basis – and did not deny that people who fled Ukraine could be among them.
During evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee, he also declined to rule out that Afghan nationals who worked with the British Army could be deported under the directive.
Asked whether refugees escaping the Russian invasion could be among the resettlers, Mr Pursglove said: “There is absolutely no reason why a Ukrainian should get on a small boat and pay a smuggler to get to Britain .
“People should use the safe and legal avenues available. We review cases on a case-by-case basis, but it’s crucial to get the message across that people should use the safe and legal avenues when coming from Ukraine. It would be absurd to do anything else.”
Home Office figures suggest that 28,526 people will cross the English Channel in 2021, up from 8,466 the year before.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/fifty-migrants-rwanda-boris-johnson-b2078935.html 50 migrants said they would be sent to Rwanda, says Boris Johnson