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Rwanda asylum seeker policy: Ex- PM Theresa May criticises government

Erstwhile  prime minister Theresa May has find fault with  the government's blue print  to transport some refugee seekers to Rwanda.

Mrs May notified the Commons  that she did not  back the arrangement  due to her anxiety over whether it met with the specified  standards on "legality, practicality and efficacy".

Home Secretary Priti Patel assured the bkue print would be "a major blow to people smugglers" and would halt people conking on hazardous roads to the UK.

The ground plan has been denounced by philanthropists and opponents.

Mrs May, who  had functioned as home secretary supervising  the UK's immigration blue print between 2010 and 2016, questioned if the experimental arrangement would bring about a spike in trafficking in women and children  as findings disclosed that only single men making unlawful crossings to the UK would be sent to Rwanda.

Under the arrangement as announced last week  people considered to have penetrated the UK illegally will be transported to the African country, where they would be prepared , and if lucky , would haveq long-term place of residence in the African country.

Priti Patel: This government has done “more than any other” in recent history to back  people vanishing ill treatment.

Reacting to a press release  on migration by Ms Patel, Mrs May said: "From what I have heard and seen so far of this policy, I do not support the removal to Rwanda policy on the grounds of legality, practicality and efficacy.

"If it is the case that families will not be broken up, does she not believe and where is her evidence that this will not simply lead to an increase in the trafficking of women and children?"

But Ms Patel forfended the plan saying: "Change is needed because people are dying attempting to come to the UK."

She infomed MPs: "This partnership is the type of international co-operation needed to make the global immigration system fairer, keep people safe, and give them opportunities to flourish.

"This will help break the people smugglers' business model and prevent the loss of life, while ensuring protection for those who are genuinely vulnerable."

According to the joint declaration of intent between the two governments, the UK would  examine asylum seekers "without delay" after their entry in the UK and then furnish Rwanda with contact information of each person it wanted to transport.

Rwanda in the other side,  would have to authorize  all applications, before they were relocated, and the agreement  would endure for five years.

Upon arrival in Rwanda each refugee seeker  would be assigned a living quarters and assistance and enjoy freedom to come and go from their living quarters at all times, the agreement says.

If favourably  processed the refugee seeker would be offered long-lasting residence in the African country.

Those who are not acknowledged as refugee seekers by Rwandan authorities will be relocated to a country they have access to reside in 

The UK would also absorb  "a portion of Rwanda's most vulnerable refugees" in the UK

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper denounced the plan as "unworkable, unethical and extortionate" and said it was structured to "distract from years of failure" to confront illegal immigrants.

Ms Cooper emphasised  the absence of information from the home secretary on value.

She said: "Will she admit the £120m she has announced doesn't pay for a single person to be transferred.

"She hasn't actually got an agreement on the price for each person. In fact, the £120m is the eyewatering price the Home Office is paying just for a press release."

The home secretary said that some of the strenght used to recount the UK's alliance with Rwanda was "quite xenophobic".

Ms Patel directly expedited  the blue print with a scarce "ministerial direction", meaning she would be held accountable for it.

She had to directly endorse the blue print after her colleagues publicly broadcast worry  over insufficient proof to establish excellent value for money.

On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also spoke to Rwandan President Paul Kagame to recapitulate his decision to work with the African nation.

From last year's  record, about 28,526 people are acknowledged to have criss- crossed the English Channel in cockleshell  close to 8,404 in 2020.

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