Should the UK Government be sending asylum seekers to Rwanda?


20th April 2022

THE Government has launched a scheme that will see some people seeking asylum (safety) in the UK turned around and sent to Rwanda, a country in East Africa over 4,000 miles (6,400km) away.

An asylum seeker is someone who has fled their own country because of political reasons (like war), and wants to enter another country in search of safety.

The Government’s new Asylum Partnership Arrangement means that some asylum seekers arriving in the UK may be sent to Rwanda to ask for asylum – and then might be allowed to stay there. The Government says that the new £120m plan will focus on men arriving on boats or lorries and travelling alone.

Last week, Home Secretary Priti Patel travelled to Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, to sign the deal. Ms Patel said that the new scheme is a “global first” and will “change the way we collectively [together] tackle illegal migration [people moving to another country without the legal right to do so]”.

Although the UK Government says the new scheme obeys international law, many people have criticised the plan, with several refugee charities going so far as to call it “cruel”, pointing to Rwanda’s poor human- rights record.

Although Rwanda has made a lot of progress in recent years, especially when it comes to equality for women, there are still lots of concerns about human rights in the country. Many critics are concerned that some asylum seekers sent to Rwanda under this new scheme may not find the safe life they are desperately looking for.

As First News went to press, more than 160 charities and campaign groups had called on the Government to scrap the scheme entirely.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said that the new plans could be against international law. UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, said: “People fleeing war, conflict and persecution [being treated badly because of things such as their race, religion or political beliefs] deserve compassion. They should not be transferred abroad.”

Human Rights Watch said: “At a time when the people of the UK have opened their hearts and homes to Ukrainians, the Government is choosing to act with cruelty and rip up their obligations [responsibilities] to others fleeing war and persecution.”

But what does the British public think? A YouGov poll revealed that 35% of adults were in favour of the new plans, while 42% were against them and 23% said they were unsure.

We want to hear your thoughts. Answer our poll, and comment below.

Should the UK Government be sending asylum seekers to Rwanda?


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sing · 4 weeks ago

This is just so…. What’s the word wrong. Why should the government be sending refugees to Rwanda

omer44 · 4 weeks ago

I don’t think they should be doing this! I can’t believe that people who have already suffered war are being sent to suffer more. Ukraine refugees are allowed to dilly dally here all they like but others, not so fortunate.

sezzar · 4 weeks ago

I don’t think we should be sending asylum seekers to Africa because they don’t have much money so it would be safer for the asylum seekers to stay at the UK.

ddopinion · 4 weeks ago

I do not believe it is fair to turn away people who need much more help than we do! All we’re doing is taking the very light weight off our shoulders and transferring it onto Rwanda’s
it’s just cruel and wrong!

dogcat123 · 4 weeks ago

I think that the government should not be sending refugees who need a safe place to live ,all the way to Rwanda because they can't be sure that they will get the support and help they need.

lig · 4 weeks ago

I don't think that the government should, because they are people who are looking for safety, so we should give them safety, not send them away!

lig · 4 weeks ago

I don't that the government should be doing this because they are people who need help and safety, so we should help them, not send them away! We helped the people of Ukraine, why can't we help these people?

coolcats · 4 weeks ago

I do understand why people will send them away: so they don't cause harm to our country but honestly, they won't. They are harmless people looking for a home so let them in. Check they are harmless and restrict them from having the same benefits as us.

emi1234567 · 4 weeks ago

I don’t think it’s nice because the refugees would feel really unwelcome and not wanted in this country

marthajja · 4 weeks ago

Refugees need immediate help and they don't deserve to have to travel again.

ginny09876 · 3 weeks ago

This is wrong. No human being should be turned away from a safe place when they have travelled miles and miles to get to safety and then be turned away. This is so sad

bunk123 · 2 weeks ago

This is unfair as they need our help