A Rwandan hostel set aside to contain illegal immigrants deported from Britain under the New Deal is preparing to house children, which appeared on Friday.
A five-person soccer pitch and basketball court are being built at Hope Hostel in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, the manager told a British journalist who traveled with Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his trip to Rwanda. Hostel management is also considering buying toys.
Downing Street said Britain would not deport unaccompanied children. He also states that 90% of small boat arrivals are men and the government needs to “prepare for all contingencies.”
Since 2019, crossing the English Channel on a flimsy small boat from France has been the main mode of illegal entry into the UK detected by authorities.
Britain’s post-EU rules do not allow immigrants to seek asylum at sea. Any person who has applied for or may have applied for asylum in a safe third country, or who has a relationship with a safe third country, will be treated as disapproved.
In April, the UK government signed a £ 120 million economic and immigration agreement with Rwanda, where the UK could immigrate eligible illegal immigrants to East African countries, where they could be given asylum or other opportunities to stay. I did it.
The British government said the policy was aimed at preventing dangerous crossing of waterways.
Elysee Caryango, manager of Kigali’s Hope Hostel, guided journalists around the hostel on a Friday-arranged visit by Downing Street.
“We are ready to accept people of all ages,” Caryango said.
He said a mini-soccer court and a “basketball court that could transition to volleyball” had been built, adding that he was considering getting a toy and putting it on the nearby lawn.
The hostel was empty. Caryango said individuals who lived there, believed to include orphans and students in the Rwandan genocide, were detained elsewhere shortly after the government signed the New Deal in April.
The hostel was scheduled to welcome its first guest from the UK last week, but the deportation flight landed after the European Court of Human Rights intervened.
Despite the deadlock, it has been revealed that Britain is paying Kigali, which has already begun to spend money in preparation for accepting asylum seekers.
The Rwandan government said it had begun spending cash in time for last week’s flight, but it was canceled at the last minute.
Downing Street: Properly prepared
An official spokesman for the Prime Minister said the government needed to prepare “a facility for all contingencies” and claimed that 90 percent of people traveling by small boat in the English Channel were men.
“It’s right that we’re prepared for all the contingencies, and we know we’ve prepared properly,” he said.
“Our view is to ensure that, like the Rwandan government and the people who run this site, people get everything they need here and have the opportunity to resettle and live. It means that we have taken important measures. “
Forced by the government to deport children who arrived on unauthorized trips with their parents, he said: “It will depend on the people traveling.”
Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program on Saturday that “humanitarian policy” criminally abuses and deceives people crossing channels on non-navigable vessels and breaks the business model of those who deceive. “.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said Interior Minister Priti Patel was “should be ashamed.”
“For them, including vulnerable children in their plans is really sinking into new lows,” said the Labor Party’s shadow minister.
“The Home Office needs to stop this harmful plan, start targeting criminal organizations, and instead organize their own asylum decisions.”
“Aggressive” and “descending”
More than 20 celebrities, including Olympic Anita Asante, actress Emma Thompson, and several others with heritage from the African Union countries Open letter He urged attendees of this week’s Commonwealth Summit (Chogm) in Rwanda to “keep silent about this offensive plan.”
Signers say it is “insulting” to think that this policy will prevent illegal entry into Britain, and the government suggests that the prospect of living in Rwanda is worse than the “war and persecution” that people have fled. Claimed to be.
“The message is loud and clear. The possibility of being transported to Rwanda and such African countries is sufficient to postpone even the most desperate people who escape from war and persecution and come to Britain.” I read the letter.
“This tells us a lot about the British government’s colonial and insulting view of Africa. Things, in this case no better than people’s dumps. I think it’s a problem. . “
However, Johnson previously argued that it was those who opposed the policy who had a “looking down on Rwanda.”
CHOGM in Rwanda “was an opportunity to help us understand what the partnership offers, what the Rwandans offer, and get rid of some of these disdainful attitudes towards Rwanda,” the Prime Minister said Wednesday. Said.
PA Media contributed to this report.