Rwanda refugee plan is ungodly, says Justin Welby

The Telegraph understands that at least one other country has contacted the Government to explore a similar deal to the one with Rwanda, which involves Britain giving economic support in exchange for handling refugees.

Under the plans, refugees who are approved in Rwanda will then be allowed to stay, rather than being repatriated to the UK. Rejected applicants will be deported.

In his Easter address at Canterbury Cathedral, the Archbishop is expected to say he has “serious ethical questions about sending asylum seekers overseas”.

“The principle must stand the judgment of God and it cannot,” he will say.

“It cannot carry the weight of resurrection justice, of life conquering death.

“It cannot carry the weight of the resurrection that was first to the least valued, for it privileges the rich and strong.

“And it cannot carry the weight of our national responsibility as a country formed by Christian values, because sub-contracting out our responsibilities, even to a country that seeks to do well like Rwanda, is the opposite of the nature of God who himself took responsibility for our failures.”

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The UK has a proud history of supporting those in need of protection and our resettlement programmes have provided safe and legal routes to better futures for hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.

“However, the world is facing a global migration crisis on an unprecedented scale and change is needed to prevent vile people smugglers putting people’s lives at risk and to fix the broken global asylum system.

“Rwanda is a fundamentally safe and secure country with a track record of supporting asylum seekers. Under this agreement, they will process claims in accordance with the UN Refugee Convention, national and international human rights laws.”

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