On Thursday 14 April, the Government announced a deal to ship off asylum seekers to Rwanda. The plan will see people who travel to the UK to seek safety here, packed off halfway round the world. 

These unspeakably cruel plans play fast and loose with the lives of refugees and will put people in danger. As recently as last January, the UK warned of human rights abuses in the country.

'Offshoring' asylum seekers is a tried-and-failed model

The deal will also fuel the smuggling trade, as people make new journeys to safety. A similar deal made by Israel with Rwanda in 2013 led to refugees being detained, beaten up in prison, and ultimately paying smugglers to escape Rwanda and make a new journey to safety. 

We know from Australia that offshore detention causes untold harm, with UN investigators describing detainees held on Papua New Guinea and Nauru as among the most traumatised people they had ever encountered. The policy cost 6 billion Euros, delivered unimaginable suffering, and did not even meet its stated aim of 'deterring' people from seeking refuge in Australia.

The Government is out of step with public opinion

We have seen from the outpouring of support towards Ukrainians and Afghans that the British public welcome refugees. And human rights groups, the Archbishop of Canterbury, hundreds of local councillors and many others have slammed the cruel and inhumane deportation deal, urging government to treat people seeking refuge here with compassion and dignity instead.

It's time to build a decent asylum system that is accessible, and works fast to help people build new lives here in safety.

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