Britain will send migrants and asylum-seekers who cross the Channel thousands of miles away to Rwanda under a controversial deal announced Thursday as the government tries to clamp down on record numbers of people making the perilous journey.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech near Dover in southeastern England, from today anyone entering the U.K illegally as well as those who have arrived illegally since January 1 may now be relocated to Rwanda.
Johnson said Rwanda will have the capacity to resettle tens of thousands of people in the years ahead .
He called the East African nation with a sketchy human rights record “one of the safest countries in the world, globally recognised for its record of welcoming and integrating migrants.”
Johnson was elected partly on promises to curb illegal immigration but has instead seen record numbers making the risky Channel crossing.
He also announced that Britain’s border agency would hand responsibility for patrolling the Channel for migrant boats to the navy.