According to several Iraqi people-smugglers, Britain’s controversial Rwanda policy may work, according Sky News.
This widely criticized strategy, which was introduced by the Conservative government, has been the subject in numerous court cases and faced widespread international criticism.
But, Liz Truss and Rishi, , Conservative Party leadership hopefuls have both said that they would continue this policy if elected Britain’s next prime minister. Based on what Sky News has heard from the smugglers, it may still be effective.
Legal challenges have so far prevented any deportations from happening, which, according one smuggler, were closely monitored by migrants making their journey across Europe.
One smuggler told us that people were afraid of being deported to Rwanda and going to Britain. However, he believes this decision has been halted.
“If the Rwanda policy are applied, however, I believe people will stop traveling to Britain and instead travel to Europe. They wouldn’t go to Britain.”
Another smuggler, also located in northern Iraq, informed us that the Rwanda policy had had some limited success.
He stated, “Our young people have aspirations but have no money and their family can barely feed them.” They want a home, a husband, and a life.
They risk their lives to choose Britain, where they will enjoy rights.
“But, because of the Rwanda Policy, the number of people who have fled [to the UK] has fallen.”
The Home Affairs Select Committee stated this week that there was no clear evidence that the Rwanda plan would work. Yvette Cooper, the chair of the committee, called it a wasteful use of taxpayers’ funds.
However, this view has been rebutted by the very smugglers who arranged the dangerous journeys to Europe. We also met people who still have the desire to travel.
One smuggler discovered a new route to Europe that was not yet known, and was able to evade border officials and police. It has been used by hundreds.
After spending a few weeks in northern Iraq, we saw no decrease in the number Kurds who wanted to travel to Europe. Not all of them. Even if the British government begins deporting large numbers of migrants to Rwanda, that won’t stop people from trying to leave.
They will just move on.