Ireland Blames Rwanda Deportation Bill for Rise in Migrant Crossings

Michael Martin, a former prime minister of Ireland, has said that the Rwanda Bill is to blame for the influx of Northern Irish migrants.

Ireland is experiencing a housing crisis that has impacted both its own citizens and asylum seekers and the prospect of deportation to Rwanda is driving a surge of British migrants into the nation. The Rwanda Bill, which would allow the relocation of asylum seekers to the central African country, was approved in Westminster on Tuesday after months of contentious negotiations and claims of human rights violations.

The Irish government claims that 80% of their country’s asylum seekers have entered from Northern Ireland since the present travel arrangement does not demand paperwork when crossing the border.

Citizens are putting more and more pressure on the Irish government to address the migrant crisis. Six individuals were taken into custody on Thursday night for public disturbance charges after demonstrations broke out at a location in Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland, that had been designated to accommodate asylum seekers. The situation swiftly became violent, with three patrol vehicles being smashed and police retaliating with force, pepper spray, and riot police deployed against demonstrators, according to local media.

President Macron made a controversial statement yesterday. He disapproved of a proposed strategy that involves sending immigrants to a third nation, often in Africa. He said the plan would be “ineffective” and set us on a course toward further reliance on foreign powers.

After months of delay, the government’s Rwanda Bill was finally passed into law on Wednesday. A new treaty was also implemented to guarantee the African nation’s security for migrants. In preparation for the first flights this summer, officers from the Home Office may now begin holding the first group of migrants headed for deportation to Rwanda.