Thursday, June 20News For London

The Rwanda Bill advances despite human cost concerns

The Parliament voted through the second reading for the Rwanda Bill. The Bill passed to the next phase, but moral questions remain regarding its implementation. Many times, asylum seekers risk their lives to arrive in the UK, hoping for a safer and better future. 

Sadly, a refugee living in the Bibby Stockholm barge died by suicide last night. The specific circumstances surrounding this tragedy are unknown and under investigation. This incident underscores the importance of considering the potential mental health impact on asylum seekers during policy discussions and decisions, particularly those related to immigration, relocation and living conditions.

The journalist Hera Kruja discussed with Fizza Oureshi, the CEO of Migrants Rights Network. Fizza said: “The problem for us is the human cost. We are very concerned about the mental impact this is having.”

The Rwanda Bill is the government’s plan to stop people coming to the UK by small boats, considering the growing numbers. The second reading passed with 313 votes in favour and 269 against. No Conservative MPs voted against the Bill, but 24 members abstained from voting. Tory MPs have said the Bill must be tightened to prevent its potential defeat in the next round of votes.

In November, the UK Supreme Court ruled that the Rwanda scheme was unlawful. According to the Bill, asylum seekers who arrive illegally in Britain will be sent to Rwanda. The court decided that refugees seeking asylum could be at the risk of being turned away to their home countries, where they would be unsafe.

The Rwanda Bill has caused a lot of controversial discussions. Although the Bill has not passed the final approval stages, the government admitted that it has already given £240 million to Rwanda. An additional £50 million is scheduled for 2024.