Why pay more to send migrants to Rwanda if that deterrent goes unreported?

Deterred? If these Channel-crossing migrants don’t know what’s likely to happen to them when they get to the UK, why would they turn back?

The government has admitted it costs more to send migrants who come into the UK by small boats to Rwanda than to keep them here – but wants to maintain the policy as a deterrent.

There’s just one problem:

Do the people coming across the channel in small boats even know that they face that fate?

Nobody seems to ask that question.

These are people who spend weeks or months travelling across the continent – or several. Did they stop to watch TV, listen to the radio, or read the newspapers before deciding to go?

And would those media – in their home countries – even have carried the relevant announcements?

It may well be arrogance to believe that.

But read this:

An economic impact assessment of the Illegal Migration Bill, which is going through Parliament, found a gross cost of £169,000 to relocate an individual.

But the estimated £106,000 spent on housing support if they remained in the UK would be avoided.

The Home Office assessment said no cost would be incurred if an individual was deterred from entering the UK illegally.

However, it said it was “uncertain” what level of deterrence impact the policy would have because the bill was “novel and untested”.

The report estimates the policy would need to deter 37% of people from entering the UK illegally for there to be no cost to the taxpayer.

And, so far, more people have been detected crossing the Channel in boats this year than in any other recent year.

It seems this Tory plan is built on hot air and fantasy.

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2 thoughts on “Why pay more to send migrants to Rwanda if that deterrent goes unreported?

  1. Stu

    The very moment that people are viewed as “things” or items on a balance sheet is the moment that all Humanity is lost

  2. Hecuba

    Fascist tory cabal currently in power don’t care about the costs of deporting refugees to Rwanda because the aim is to ‘rid themselves of all those nasty non-humans who have dared to set foot on ‘fascist tory land!’

    Yet the callous cruel and despicable fascist xenophobic and racist tories claim ‘wah we don’t have the money to pay a real salary to NHS medical staff, teachers, railway workers or anyone else who isn’t a fascist tory donor!

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