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The UK Parliament has approved legislation to allow the deportation of undocumented immigrants to Rwanda.

The UK Parliament has approved legislation to allow the deportation of undocumented immigrants to Rwanda.

If granted, the law would allow the government to force migrants to go to Rwanda, regardless of their origin or ties to that country.

The British Parliament has approved a bill that would allow migrants seeking asylum in one of the UK's countries to be forcibly deported to Rwanda in Africa, regardless of whether they were born in an African country or not. The text was processed in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and approved last Monday (22). To become law, the plan had to be signed by Charles III.

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England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was the son of Indian immigrants from Africa to England. According to G1The Prime Minister said there are plans to send people to Rwanda in 10 or 12 weeks.

The Rwandan government will receive 370 million pounds, roughly R$2.3 billion, over five years to host the migrants. The government will decide whether the person is eligible to be accepted as a refugee. If accepted, they will be refugees in Rwanda.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, son of Indian immigrants, speaks on the issue of illegal immigrants – Photo: Reproduction Journal National

As wars and political events have intensified in recent years, the number of immigrants to Europe has increased. The Associated Press showed that 299 boats arrived in the UK in 2018, 45,774 in 2022 and 29,437 in 2023.

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The plan faces opposition from sectors of the British and international community. Lucy Gregg, director of Freedom from Torture, called on the government “Start treating refugees with dignity and stop trying to send them to an uncertain future in Rwanda”.

Also, the project faces legal hurdles. A court ruled last year that such a move was illegal. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights called on the UK to reconsider the decision. The heads of the High Commission asked this Tuesday (23) and said that they do not support the so-called “outsourcing” of each country's obligations to provide asylum to refugees.

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