29 Apr 2024

How is the UK’s Rwanda asylum plan impacting Ireland?

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The war of words has intensified between the UK and Irish governments over the possible effects of the Rwanda policy.

Ireland’s deputy prime minister said people are crossing the border from Northern Ireland as they are afraid of being sent to Rwanda.

The Irish government is preparing emergency legislation that will allow people to be sent back to the UK.

But Rishi Sunak said he was “not interested” in any sort of returns deal if the European Union did not allow the UK to send back asylum seekers who had arrived from France.