Priti Patel’s new plan to send failed asylum seekers to Rwanda will begin next week, it has been reported.
The first migrants to be brought to the Central African country will be single men, and it is expected that they will be notified by Home Office lawyers in the next few days, according to The Sun.
However, top planning may not begin for months before legal action by human rights groups.
Priti Patel’s new plan to send failed asylum seekers to Rwanda to start next week
A Home Office source told the newspaper: ‘The first referrals will take place next week, so everyone will be informed.’
The Home Secretary’s team is poised for legal challenges, while Boris Johnson criticizes ‘liberal lawyers’ for delaying plans to bring thousands of migrants from the UK to Rwanda – and swears will ‘finish it’.
The government has wanted flights to Kigali to start by the end of May under the £120m deal it signed with the Kagame government last month.
Under the partnership agreement, people arriving in the UK, including crossing the Channel by small boat, will be able to fly 4,000 miles to East Africa if they are deemed to have traveled illegally for economic reasons rather than as asylum. .
It comes as analysis of Government figures shows 7,240 people have arrived in the UK after navigating busy transport routes from France by small boats in just the past four months from the start of 2022
But No10 said it could not give a timetable for when the plan would begin. Last week, two asylum seekers who arrived in the UK behind lorries this year have instructed lawyers to bring a legal challenge against the policy.
It comes as analysis of Government figures shows 7,240 people have arrived in the UK after navigating busy transport routes from France by small boats in just the past four months from the start of 2022 .
They include nearly 700 people who passed in the past week in favorable weather conditions.
The Interior Minister shakes hands with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Birutaare after signing the partnership agreement at a joint press conference in Kigali
Critics say the 11-day break is simply due to bad weather, and insist that the Home Secretary’s Rwanda policy will do little to deter those seeking to reach the UK.
Worried Border Force officials have now suggested that further delays to the Rwanda plan will only encourage migrants to try to make the dangerous journey, warning that the Channel crisis has can be ‘worse before it gets better’.
The MoD took control of migration activities in April, when the Government also announced controversial plans to send some people to make the cross-Channel journey to Rwanda.