Analysis

Is the government actually convinced about its own offshore immigration plans?

A proposal to process asylum seekers in centres in Rwanda is the latest in a string of leaks to the media about Home Office offshoring plans – but to what extent is it merely about ‘looking tough’, asks May Bulman

Monday 28 June 2021 21:20 BST
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<p>Reports that ministers are considering processing asylum claims in Africa come following a surge in small boat Channel crossings this year</p>

Reports that ministers are considering processing asylum claims in Africa come following a surge in small boat Channel crossings this year

The Home Office is reported to be considering plans to create an offshore asylum processing centre in Rwanda. These plans, according to The Times, would see the UK share an “offshore hub” with Denmark, where it would send asylum seekers who arrive via the Channel in small boats to have their claims processed.

The department has since denied that there is such a plan in place, but said it was “looking at what other countries do to deter illegal migration” – and did not rule out the idea of processing asylum seekers in Rwanda.

“We will not rule out any option that could help reduce the illegal migration and relieve the pressure on the broken asylum system,” they added.

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