There are two major aspects of the government’s policy of deporting migrants to Rwanda which have not been fully considered.

Serious doubt has been expressed by people in government about the lack of forethought and research which has gone into the Rwanda project. The Home Office Permanent Secretary has stated “I do not believe sufficient evidence can be obtained to demonstrate that the policy will have a deterrent effect significant enough to make the policy value for money”   In other words the whole project may seem like a good idea by Priti Patel but she has not attempted to assemble the evidence to justify that view. The policy is not proven to be good value for money.       

All cost of this ill-considered “experiment” will be born by the British tax payer with an initial costing of £120 million. The ongoing cost will potentially be an open-ended drain on the British economy when its people are already struggling with rapidly spiralling prices.

Conservative former minister Andrew Mitchell said housing asylum seekers at the Ritz Hotel would be cheaper than sending the migrants offshore, claiming the cost to the British taxpayer would be £2 million per person, per year.  Some commentators have estimated £1.4 billion.)

Yet remarkably, many European countries actually take TEN times as many asylum seekers as Britain without needing to sending them to African dictatorships!

But there are other serious issues – sending hundreds, potentially thousands of migrants to Rwanda, a country best known for the 1994 genocide of up to 800,000 Tutsi people, a country which also still has a mixed human rights record, seems a very risky strategy.

Human Rights Watch reported in 2020, “The ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) ….regularly threaten those who criticise the government or RPF. Several opposition members and one journalist have disappeared or been found dead in mysterious circumstances”. Amnesty International says there are still concerns over ‘enforced disappearances, allegations of torture and excessive use of force’ in Rwanda’.So potentially, “Rwanda remains unstable, still scarred by its horrendous genocide. Our government seeks

 to forcibly funnel hundreds, thousands of migrants, most extremely disaffected, into this environment .  A potent recipe for further destabilisation of that country. 

This is grossly irresponsible! 

Charles Moore,  former editor of the Telegraph and Johnson’s former boss, observed, “you always knew precisely where you stood with Boris because he always lets you down!” Now he and Priti Patel are letting down the whole country!

Our national reputation for honour, appears, to foreign eyes, to be going up in smoke. As the Italian newspaper, Il Messaggero, stated Johnson has taken a leadership role in spearheading the Western response [to Ukraine] …with the aim of distracting local public opinion from domestic issues! 

“That’s  the kind of thing [former Italian prime minister]  Berlusconi used to do….to distract attention from his ineptitude and dishonesty.”
Such a neo-colonialist policy for disposing of unwanted individuals  has a long history. English social problems (convicts) were first shipped to North America in the 18th century, and then later, after the American War of Independence,   to Botany Bay in Australia. 

The then inhabitants – first the Native Americans and then later the Australian Aboriginals  – had no say in this forced immigration. There was serious friction between the two groups. The parachuting in of migrants into Rwanda allegedly solves a political problem in England but only at the potential expense to Rwanda society.

Rwanda is in one of the most densely populated areas in the world, it’s capital, Kigali, is set to double its population by 2050.
But the long term impact of Johnson and Patel’s ill considered policies, designed to generate short term headlines in the U.K. have never bothered them. The impact on the migrants and Rwanda does not interest the self absorbed pair of political chancers. Dragging Britain’s reputation in the dirt does not matter to them! 

It is noteworthy that a law breaking immigrant was sent to Rwanda recently. There is a grave danger he will worm his way back into the country. The majority of people in this country have shown they don’t want this American born individual in England – Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson! If he thinks Rwanda is such a good idea for migrants , he should stay there!

Andrew Milroy

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