British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not rule out that Ukrainian refugees in case of illegal entry into the country could be deported to Rwanda. On Thursday, June 23, the newspaper The Guardian reports.
“We are issuing 130,000 visas to Ukrainians and they have at least two very good entry routes. But if you come here illegally… I’m afraid the answer is yes, in theory it is [высылка] can happen, ”he said, answering the question of whether Ukrainians who arrived in Britain illegally would be deported to Rwanda.
At the same time, the British Prime Minister believes that such a scenario is unlikely.
Earlier, on June 14, the first plane with illegal migrants was supposed to go to Rwanda, but the flight was canceled at the last moment due to a decision made by the ECtHR, with which Britain was extremely dissatisfied.
The decision to expel the refugees came after Johnson announced on April 13 that, as part of the new policy, illegal migrants would be sent to Rwanda, where they would await an identity check. They will be asked to stay in this African country.
The State Duma criticized the possible sending of Ukrainian refugees to Rwanda. First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs Shamsail Saraliyev said that the actions of the UK show the real attitude of the West towards Ukrainians.
On July 27, 2021, the UK announced the preparation of measures to tighten the law on illegal migration. The authorities said they would deploy more border guards to the English Channel, and also promised to issue an official ban on crossing the strait without permission.