The United Kingdom has announced plans to send the first group of asylum seekers to Rwanda on June 14, as part of its policy designed to disrupt people-smuggling networks, and stem the flow of migrants across the Channel.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had in April announced plans to send some of the people who seek asylum in Britain to Rwanda in a move that drew criticism from both within and outside Johnson’s Conservative Party as well as from many charities.
The Home Office on Tuesday said that an initial group of migrants have started to receive formal letters telling them they are being sent to Rwanda to “rebuild their lives in safety.
Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement that “the Removal Direction confirms that they will be going to Rwanda and the first flight was expected to take place on June 14.’’
The plan to send unwanted asylum seekers to Africa came as Johnson was facing the growing threat of a confidence vote.
Some of his lawmakers disclosed that they have lost faith in his leadership over illegal parties held at his residence during Covid-19 lockdowns.