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Migrant reveals he paid £500 to be smuggled out of Britain and back to France to avoid Rwandan deportation as gangs lament ‘running out of passengers’… but Keir Starmer says Labor will scrap plan


A migrant has revealed how he paid a smuggling gang to get him out of Britain and back to France because he did not want to be sent to Rwanda.

Omar, who left Kurdistan two years ago after paying £12,000 to get to the UK, said his miserable experience in Britain convinced him to return across the Channel.

The 52-year-old was speaking to Sky News from a migrant camp in northern France as he explained how he «couldn’t deal with Britain anymore».

“They could arrest me and send me to Rwanda or Iraq. Rwanda – I can’t go there,” he said.

In another sign that the government’s asylum program with Rwanda is already deterring would-be migrants, smugglers complained they were running out of clients.

“These are the last Kurdish customers I have. They are gone,” one told a TV news channel when asked why they answered “Rwanda”.

The Sky News footage was broadcast on the same day Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer promised to rid ‘dead horse’ Rwanda scheme «instantly» if he becomes prime minister.

Speaking to Sky News’ Adam Parsons, Omar revealed how he paid a smuggling gang to get him out of Britain and back to France because he did not want to be sent to Rwanda.

In another sign that the government's asylum system with Rwanda is already deterring would-be migrants, smugglers moaned to Sky News that they were running out of clients.

In another sign that the government’s asylum system with Rwanda is already deterring would-be migrants, smugglers moaned to Sky News that they were running out of clients.

The Sky News footage was broadcast on the same day Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer promised to immediately get rid of Rwanda's

The Sky News footage was broadcast on the same day Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer promised to immediately get rid of Rwanda’s «dead horse» scheme if he became prime minister.

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Speaking in Dover, Sir Keir described the government’s agreement to deport asylum seekers to the African country as a «total waste of money».

He said, “Meit won’t work, it’s an absolute waste of money. It’s a trick, not a solution. I am not prepared to have a government that follows tricks.’

Labor leader insisted the issue of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats must be tackled «upstream» as he drew up plans for a «border security command».

Sky News spoke to a series of migrants at a camp near Dunkirk after witnessing a fresh boatload of people trying to leave the coast in northern France.

The report revealed how Omar was in Britain for 20 months, suffered a stroke, failed to gain asylum and eventually paid a smuggler £500 to return him to France.

«There is no washing or bathing here,» he said of the conditions in the camp.

“You can’t clean yourself. Life is hard. But in Britain I had to give fingerprints and a signature regularly. Once every two weeks.

“Then I was told that I had been rejected for asylum. I could no longer cope with Britain.

“They could arrest me and send me to Rwanda or Iraq. Rwanda – I can’t go there.

“So that’s why I came back here, to this place. But I don’t have money. I am 52 years old.

«It feels awful to be back here, but what can I do?»

Others, however, were less concerned about the British government’s threat to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Barzan, also from Kurdistan, said: “People will not stop no matter what you tell them.

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“Even if you told them they were going to be taken to Africa, they would still leave without hesitation. Rwanda is better than Kurdistan.

“But there is work in Britain. The currency is strong. I’m young and I want to make a life for myself.»

Another man named Karwan said: “I think it’s a joke. Two years ago they started talking about Rwanda and nothing came of it. Now it’s just because of the election. Nothing else.’

Rishi Sunak has yet to see any migrants deported under the UK-Rwanda Partnership for Migration and Economic Development, which was signed in April 2022.

But the prime minister is aiming for the first deportation flights to start in July, after the new legislation is approved in parliament.

It was recently revealed how a failed asylum seeker left for Rwanda from Britain on a separate voluntary scheme after being paid around £3,000 of taxpayers’ cash.



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