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Starmer canceled Rishi Sunak's Rwanda policy on his first day in office

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  • 07 July, 2024 15:31:44

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International Desk: The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Keir Starmer, canceled the plan to send Rishi Sunak's immigration aspirants to Rwanda on the first day of taking office.

He announced this in a press conference on Saturday. "I'm not going to continue a plan that's not going to work," Starmer said at a press conference after the Rwanda-policy was no effective measure to stop migrants. 

Starmer added, “For migrants who arrive in small boats, there is only a 1 percent chance of being sent to Rwanda. And the human trafficking syndicates know this very well. So they continue to bring migrants to Europe in risky ways." The UK government signed a five-year deal with Rwanda in April 2022 to send some of the migrants illegally crossing the English Channel to the UK to the African country of Rwanda.

According to the agreement, Rwanda will host migrants coming to the UK over five years. In return, the British government will help Rwanda for economic development. The UK also promised to pay extra for the resettlement of migrants.

From May onwards, immigration aspirants were detained and arrested. The first flight of migrants was scheduled to depart in June 2022, but was canceled at the last minute by an order from the European Court of Human Rights.

In November of the following year, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom declared such plans illegal. But sage Sunak kept trying to make it work.

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