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Asylum seekers pay thousands to enter Ireland as 'UK only wants to send them to Rwanda'

Asylum seekers are paying thousands of euros to flee the UK for Ireland, as they desperately try to avoid being deported to Rwanda.

The UK government finally got its Rwanda bill through Parliament last month, after months of political wrangling. Rishi Sunak promised that the first flights to the African country would leave in 10 to 12 weeks.

He said there would be “multiple flights a month through the summer and beyond”.

The prospect of being sent to Rwanda already appears to be working as an effective deterrent, as hundreds of migrants begin streaming into Ireland.

The influx in asylum seekers to the country is causing a political crisis, with tent cities springing up in the capital city of Dublin.

One Afghan asylum seeker revealed that he had paid almost €2,000 (£1,721) for a cruise ship ticket from the UK.

He also added that there were no passport checks, allowing him free entry into Ireland.

28-year-old Abdul Rashid told the Daily Mail: “I got a very big boat to Ireland only yesterday – it was like a hotel and they gave us food and everything.

“I didn’t need a passport because they only checked for tickets. This was my only option.

“We weren’t stopped coming off the boat and just walked off.”

Mr Rashid said he had to flee his country after the Taliban came to power and his father was killed.

He paid €7,000 (£6,000) to travel to France, where he spent 15 months before making the dangerous journey across the Channel with 55 other people in a dinghy – forking out £1,700 (€1,977) for the journey.

However he decided to move to Ireland after learning about the Rwanda bill, deciding it was safer to leave the UK.

The UK Home Office claims there are 52,000 asylum seekers who could potentially be sent to Rwanda.

The government has signed a five-year deal with Kigali, having spent around £300 million on the policy according to latest estimates.


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