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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has not given up on his controversial speech on the deportation of migrants to Rwanda

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has not given up on his controversial speech on the deportation of migrants to Rwanda

The Conservative government plans to outsource the reception of migrants by sending them to Rwanda as compensation for illegal arrivals in the UK. The Prime Minister intends to deliver the speech before the Legislative Assembly elections.



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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQ) session at the House of Commons in central London on April 17, 2024.  (Jessica Taylor / UK Parliament)

The Conservatives in power in the UK will again try to deliver a controversial speech on immigration. This improbable text plans to deport migrants arriving on UK soil in Rwanda. The plan has been on the table for two years and conservatives have been fighting for a vote for two years. Although it was initially proposed by Boris Johnson, it returned to Parliament on Monday 15 April.

At the technical level, the text kept going back and forth between the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The right-wing House of Commons toughened the text, and then the House of Lords, where the Conservatives do not have a majority, softened the legislation so that it was ultimately rejected. We can add one more legal aspect to this. In November 2023, the English Supreme Court ruled that the original text was illegal.

About 19,000 people are affected each year

The basic idea is very simple but not necessarily very moral, the British want to outsource the reception of immigrants. It really is “to export” A quote from migrants who come to the UK illegally and send them to Rwanda. The concept has certainly evolved as the migrants involved are now initially voluntary. They will receive 3000 pounds or 3500 euros. Once in Rwanda, migrants are supported from Kigali for five years. A British government spokesman estimated it could initially affect 19,000 people a year. The problem is that Rwanda is not a “safe country” as the UK Prime Minister promised. Opponents of the speech interpret the speech as saying Rwandan President Paul Kagame rules in an environment of fear, without opposition and without freedom of expression.

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Despite everything, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is unmoved and wants to send the text quickly. It's a coded speech, others will say is a political marker and the urgency is linked to general elections, which could take place in the second half of 2024, but all opinion polls point to a Tory right defeat. The speech, according to the Prime Minister, shows that the government is working effectively on immigration matters, especially since migrant crossings at the Channel are on the rise again. They are up 40% between 2023 and 2024. For the English Government, the object was to carry out this accursed speech, so that the English could see the departure of the first settlers before the election.