Government’s Efforts to Prevent Dangerous Small Boat Crossings


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Britain’s Home Secretary, James Cleverly, has emphasized the government’s commitment to halting perilous small boat crossings following the tragic news of five migrant fatalities during an attempt to cross the English Channel. Cleverly, currently in Rome, is engaging in discussions to enhance collaborative efforts in combating illegal migration from North Africa.

Key Legislation: Safety of Rwanda Bill

Recently, the UK parliament passed the controversial Safety of Rwanda Bill, enabling the implementation of a plan to transfer certain illegal migrants in the UK to Rwanda. Cleverly stated, “This vital legislation paves the way for our Rwanda initiative to commence and facilitate the removal of individuals without lawful presence.”

Government's Efforts to Prevent Dangerous Small Boat Crossings

Challenges and Criticisms

While Prime Minister Rishi Sunak anticipates the initial deportation flight within 10-12 weeks, concerns have been raised by human rights organizations. Legal obstacles, similar to those encountered in the past, may impede the bill’s execution. Notably, both the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations have expressed reservations regarding the legislation’s impact on human rights and the rule of law.

International Collaboration to Address Migration Issues

International Collaboration to Address Migration Issues

James Cleverly is scheduled to meet with his Italian counterpart, Matteo Piantedosi, in Lampedusa to explore avenues for joint action between the UK and Italy in curbing irregular migration. Italy recently announced plans to establish third-country migrant processing centers in Albania, a decision approved by the Albanian government in February.

Photo provided by the Prefecture Maritime du Nord et de la Manche showing migrants continuing their journey to Britain off the northern coast of France.

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