Last two migrants bound for Rwanda to be bailed, home secretary says

by | Jul 6, 2024 | Politics

The two last remaining migrants who are detained and waiting to be sent to Rwanda will be bailed in the coming days, the government has said.The home secretary’s spokesperson also revealed that a further 218 migrants were released on bail from detention centres by the previous government during the election campaign.They were due to be deported to the east-central African country as part of previous PM Rishi Sunak’s policy to tackle illegal immigration.On his first full day as prime minister, Sir Keir Starmer confirmed the Rwanda deportation scheme is “dead and buried”. At his first press conference since entering No 10, the Prime Minister told journalists the scheme has “never been a deterrent” as it would only deport “less than1%” of small boat arrivals.Scores of asylum seekers were taken into detention from late April, after Rishi Sunak said that flights would leave in the first weeks of July.Under the Conservative government, the Home Office refused to confirm the number of people detained for Rwanda. The BBC now understands a total of 220 people were detained with the purpose of being sent to Rwanda under the scheme.Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said she would like recruitment for a new “border security commander” to take place over the summer, and a new Border Security Bill to be included in the first King’s Speech.A spokesperson for the home secretary said the Rwanda scheme was “an extortionate gimmick”. “If the last prime minister had believed it would work, he wouldn’t have called an election before a flight went off.“During the election campaign, the previous government had released 218 people previously detained pending remov …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnThe two last remaining migrants who are detained and waiting to be sent to Rwanda will be bailed in the coming days, the government has said.The home secretary’s spokesperson also revealed that a further 218 migrants were released on bail from detention centres by the previous government during the election campaign.They were due to be deported to the east-central African country as part of previous PM Rishi Sunak’s policy to tackle illegal immigration.On his first full day as prime minister, Sir Keir Starmer confirmed the Rwanda deportation scheme is “dead and buried”. At his first press conference since entering No 10, the Prime Minister told journalists the scheme has “never been a deterrent” as it would only deport “less than1%” of small boat arrivals.Scores of asylum seekers were taken into detention from late April, after Rishi Sunak said that flights would leave in the first weeks of July.Under the Conservative government, the Home Office refused to confirm the number of people detained for Rwanda. The BBC now understands a total of 220 people were detained with the purpose of being sent to Rwanda under the scheme.Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said she would like recruitment for a new “border security commander” to take place over the summer, and a new Border Security Bill to be included in the first King’s Speech.A spokesperson for the home secretary said the Rwanda scheme was “an extortionate gimmick”. “If the last prime minister had believed it would work, he wouldn’t have called an election before a flight went off.“During the election campaign, the previous government had released 218 people previously detained pending remov …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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