After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement, illegal immigrants who arrive on their shores in small boats will be transferred to Rwanda. However, right-wing commentators like Nigel Farage have said the plan isn’t working as thousands of migrants continue to arrive.
Mild weather and a calm British channel between Dover and the French coast have seen around a thousand illegal migrants land on British shores in the past three days alone, despite Johnson’s threats to be sent to Africa.
The problem has been an ongoing concern for Britons. Over the past decade, numerous polls have suggested that immigration control is one of the main concerns that British voters have.
So far this year, over 8,500 illegals have made it into Britain, doubling the previous record this time last year of 3,112, according to the Daily Mail.
Last month, Conservative Party prime minister caused outrage among the left as he announced that Britain had secured a deal with the Rwandan government to process and keep those attempting to claim asylum in Britain. Johnson said this would hopefully act as a deterrent to those hoping to make the crossing, scuttering people-trafficking gangs.
The media speculation that Channel crossings have stopped due to the Rwanda plan is nonsense.
These are the first pictures in 12 days.
Expect more. pic.twitter.com/Iq0cQ9Uh0S
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 1, 2022
Although a couple of weeks ago, a group of 50 migrants was told they would be transported to Rwanda. So far, planes have taken off, and the migrants continue to arrive in their droves.
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Speaking to the British right-wing news channel, GB News, Brexit politician Nigel Farage said Johnson was full of empty words:
“Rwanda, anyone? Well, we were told over the weekend that 50 people in this country have been told they were inadmissible to stay here. So they will be flown off to Rwanda.
“That is making no difference to the people who are massing outside Lille and elsewhere.
“They don’t believe it and they’ll only believe it when they see it.
'The Conservative Government are going to be overwhelmed by this crisis… this will guarantee a Labour/Lib Dem/SNP coalition at the next election.'@Nigel_Farage discusses the delaying of the Rwanda migrant scheme.
— GB News (@GBNEWS) May 3, 2022
Farage went on to warn that the numbers making the crossing into Britain are only likely to rise and warned that there could be “100,000 people this year, all of whom we have to give food, home, shelter and dentistry as well as medical care to, and it’s going to be a massive political problem”.
Although Britain left the stifling constraints of the European Union after a nationwide referendum in 2016, the UK remains part of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). As a result, it binds Britain in masses of red tape whenever it tries to deport foreign criminals or asylum seekers.
“I just hope for the sake of this Government, that they are able to make Rwanda work, although stuck inside the ECHR I don’t think they can,” said Farage.
Meanwhile, Conservative Party MP for Dover, Nathalie Elphicke, insisted that once Britain begins to deport the migrants, a fundamental change will be noted:
“What is certainly being heard is that the people-smugglers are now communicating that the window to cross may close,” explained Elphicke.
“That does mean the deterrent effect and the determination to go ahead with the policy is being clearly communicated to them.”
Upon making the initial announcement, Boris Johnson made it clear that he was expecting resistance from an “army of liberal lawyers” and “legal eagles.” Still, he insisted the policy was “a very, very sensible thing.”