/ 24 April 2024

Rishi’s Rwanda roulette

Rishi Sunak

The UK has followed in Australia’s footsteps to legislate a controversial offshore processing policy for asylum seekers. It’s been a drawn-out battle for PM Rishi Sunak, who adopted the ‘Stop the Boats’ slogan used by former Aussie PMs Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison as part of the campaign to get the bill through. It’ll see some asylum seekers who arrive in the UK flown to the East African nation of Rwanda for their claims to be considered. If they’re given refugee status, they’ll be resettled there. Critics of the plan say it’s inhumane and threatens the UK’s rule of law. And reports say despite the new laws, future deportation attempts will still face significant legal challenges, making it “unlikely” that large numbers of people will be sent to Rwanda. Sunak isn’t phased – he said the “innovative” bill “will be a game changer”. The move comes as another five people died attempting to reach the UK by boat overnight.

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