The Children’s Society responds to the Government sending asylum seekers to Rwanda

In response to the Government sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, Azmina Siddique, Policy and Impact Manager, said:

“It’s shameful the Government is pressing ahead with this plan. This will do nothing to improve our asylum system and only put people in greater danger.

“We are particularly worried about children who could be mistakenly assessed as adults and sent to Rwanda.   We know from the young people we support, that refugees have often fled war and persecution and already endured perilous journeys and experienced untold trauma to get here. To then be sent another 4,000 miles across the world, is unthinkable.

“The UK must play its part in welcoming those who need protection.”