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EU’s Double Standards on Illegal Migrants

The EU’s handling of migrants has come under scrutiny, revealing a double standard in its approach. The recent dispute between Ireland and the UK highlights this inconsistency.


The Irish government has pledged to send asylum seekers to the UK, even though France has declined to take back Channel migrants. Senior Irish ministers are drafting emergency laws to return refugees who arrived from the UK, aiming to avoid deportation to Rwanda.


However, UK ministers view this proposal as a “non-starter” due to their inability to return asylum seekers arriving via small boats across the Channel to France. The UK government insists that it won’t accept asylum returns from the EU via Ireland until the EU agrees to allow returns to France. Their focus remains on operationalizing the Rwanda scheme and collaborating with the French to prevent boat crossings.


International students, workers, and visitors are reportedly seeking asylum in the UK as a means to remain by the back door. In the year leading up to March 2023, a record 21,525 asylum claims were made by visa holders, representing a 154% annual increase.


Starting on April 29, the Home Office will detain asylum seekers for deportation to Rwanda, with the first flights expected to depart during the summer. The surge in illegal migrants crossing the Channel has reached unprecedented levels, as indicated by Home Office figures.


Lord Cameron, the Foreign Secretary, stated that a migrant returns agreement with France to combat smuggling gangs and prevent perilous Channel crossings is “simply not possible” post-Brexit. The situation prevents replicating the deal that allowed migrants to be sent back to France upon landing in Britain during his tenure as Prime Minister.


Irish Deputy Prime Minister Micheal Martin expressed concern that the UK’s Rwanda policy is impacting Ireland. Fearful individuals are seeking asylum in Ireland instead of staying in the UK. Helen McEntee, the Irish justice minister, discussed plans to return asylum seekers to the UK on RTE, emphasizing the need for an effective immigration structure.


As things stand, the EU’s divergent treatment of migrants still raises questions about consistency and fairness. As countries grapple with migration challenges, finding common ground remains essential for effective policies and cooperation.




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