Last week the government announced plans for refugees arriving in the UK “illegally” to be permanently resettled in Rwanda. An early YouGov poll found that 35% of people liked this plan and 20% liked it a lot. Can this proposal really go ahead?
The number of critics against the Rwanda plan is mounting: the Archbishop of Canterbury, Theresa May, Refugee Council and the UNCHR to name a few. Now, Home Office staff are threatening to strike. However Boris Johnson continues to incomprehensibly defend the plan as “morally right”. The reference to morality here is a huge stretch. One anonymous Home Office employee asks, “Do we have a responsibility to not just leave, but to organise and resist?"
The sheer possibility of relocating people to East Africa who have made a treacherous journey to claim asylum in the UK is absurd.