Representatives of the United Kingdom and Ireland meet due to tensions over immigration policy

London, April 29 (EFE).- Representatives of British and Irish executives are meeting this Monday as part of the so-called British-Irish government conference in London at a time of growing tensions over the immigration policy of Rishi Sunak's government.

The meeting, which was established under the Good Friday Agreement and has been held regularly since then, will be attended by the Irish Foreign Minister, Michael Martin, who will co-chair the event with the British Minister for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton. Harris.

Initially, British Home Secretary James Cleverly and Irish Chief Justice Helen McEntee were scheduled to meet in the capital today, despite the announcement late yesterday that this meeting had been postponed to another unspecified time.

The Irish government confirms that it has witnessed an increase in the number of asylum seekers from the British province due to “fear” of these migrants without the correct documents to be sent to Rwanda, according to immigration plans drawn up by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

McEntee said the number of asylum seekers crossing into Northern Ireland was now “over 80%” due to the “change” in migration patterns that had emerged in recent months.

According to Sunak, this increase shows that his plan to send migrants to Rwanda, which aims to deter other migrants from making the dangerous journey in boats, is working.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris indicated yesterday that Ireland will not provide an “escape” to the “challenges” faced by other countries regarding immigration, and he considers that “close” cooperation between his country and the United Kingdom is not “simply desirable.” But it is absolutely necessary.

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The government in London has rejected any attempt by Ireland to return asylum seekers to the UK, unless France agrees to do the same with boats crossing the Channel into the UK.

A government source told the BBC: “We will not accept any asylum seekers returning from the EU via Ireland until the EU accepts the possibility of returning them to France.”

As revealed yesterday by the British newspaper The Guardian, the executive authority in London is planning to begin a process today to detain asylum seekers throughout the United Kingdom in preparation for their deportation to Rwanda.

Accordingly, the authorities will detain potential refugees who attend routine meetings with immigration services and take them and others to detention centres. Evie

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