Ireland introduces legislation to deal with the impact of British deportations to Rwanda

Dublin, April 29 (IF).- The Irish government plans to introduce a bill this week to address the return to the United Kingdom of migrants who arrive in this country across the invisible border with Northern Ireland to avoid being deported to Rwanda.

The Irish and British Ministers of Justice were scheduled to meet on Monday, but the meeting was canceled due to the diplomatic clash this caused between London and Dublin.

In turn, the UK's new and controversial immigration policy will be discussed at a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC), a cooperation body between the two countries created after the signing of the Good Friday Peace Agreement (1998).

Irish Prime Minister, the Christian Democrat Simon Harris, confirmed that the recently approved British legislation to send migrants in an irregular situation to Rwanda has an impact in his country because of the “fear” that this measure generates, after monitoring a large increase in the number of arrivals through Northern Ireland. .

The head of the Dublin Executive, who has been in power for two weeks, confirmed that he had no intention of allowing Ireland to “provide a legal loophole for the immigration challenges faced by others.”

The Prime Minister pointed out that “in fact there was a return agreement (for migrants) between Ireland and the United Kingdom, and there was a High Court decision (in Dublin) in March in relation to that.” minister).

Harris was referring to a ruling that ruled that Ireland's designation of the UK as a “safe third country” for the return of asylum seekers, in the context of the Rwanda Plan, contravened EU law.

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Rishi Sunak's British government was able to advance this controversial plan last Tuesday after Parliament gave the green light to the law. The conservative executive developed the plan after reaching an agreement with Rwanda, the country that will receive an economic contribution to receive asylum seekers.

The London Executive confirmed, through its spokesman, on Sunday that it would not accept “any return of asylum seekers from the European Union via Ireland until the European Union accepts the possibility of returning them to France.”

The source said: “We are fully focused on activating our plan for Rwanda and will continue to work with the French to prevent ships from crossing the canal.”

Last week, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Michael Martin denounced that asylum seekers were seeking to “cross the border” to obtain “shelter within the European Union” in this country and avoid being deported to Rwanda.

According to data from the Dublin government, a coalition of Christian Democrats, centrists and Greens, 80% of new arrivals to Ireland as asylum seekers occurred across the border with the British province of Northern Ireland.

Sunak himself has highlighted that his controversial law has become a deterrent to immigrants. Evie


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