UK: Starmer says he’s scrapping Rwanda migrant abduction/deportation plan

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatari state media]

“British Prime Minister Keir Starmer has said he will not continue with the previous Conservative government’s policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, in a move welcomed by rights advocates as long overdue. ‘The Rwanda scheme was dead and buried before it started. It’s never been a deterrent,’ Starmer told his first news conference on Saturday, after his Labour Party won a landslide in the general election. … Parliament approved the contentious law in April, declaring Rwanda a safe third country, which bypassed an earlier UK Supreme Court ruling that said the scheme was unlawful on human rights grounds. The authorities started detaining asylum seekers in May. Then-Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who promised to stop migrants and asylum seekers arriving on small boats from mainland Europe, had pushed for the policy.” (07/06/24)