If Rwanda can support the wellbeing and integration of refugees, so can the UK

The PR machine has been working extra time for Suella Braverman in Rwanda this weekend. She is extolling how Rwanda will probably be a spot supporting refugees’ wellbeing and integration – serving to them make a brand new life, in security.

Why on earth can’t this be the story she promotes of the UK?

Regardless of her try to hunt to make the UK an unattractive place for refugees to return, she’s going to fail as a result of she is up towards a centuries previous popularity, established by our ancestors for generations, which tells a special story. That Britain is a spot of inclusion and ethnic tolerance the place you possibly can reside in peace, work, elevate your loved ones and reside in freedom.

Provided that she’s going to inevitably fail to dent that lengthy and proud popularity, she ought to as an alternative be championing all of the wonderful work that goes on with refugees within the UK. Up and down the nation communities are busy welcoming refugees and asylum seekers, opening their properties, instructing English, serving to them discover jobs, supporting refugee kids in faculties, internet hosting neighborhood occasions to assist completely different communities join.


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That is who we’re within the UK.

We welcome refugees and asylum seekers, we’ve got due course of which allows them to hunt refugee standing, we’ve got so many wonderful examples of how communities have surrounded refugees, supported them and cheered them on as they make that difficult journey of creating themselves and their households within the security of the UK.

As a substitute, she is pleased to speak about how Rwanda will assist the refugees who got here to Britain for assist. However after all, these are the identical individuals who when they’re within the UK, she calls unlawful migrants, a risk to our communities and safety, chancers who’re making an attempt to take advantage of our hospitality.

I need to communicate of a Britain who doesn’t need to cross on our duties to others – who takes severely our international duty to cleared the path in how we deal with refugees – not be the chief within the race to the underside. We reside in a worldwide, interconnected neighborhood and it’s ridiculous to suppose that if we solely act in our personal self curiosity, there is not going to be penalties to our skill to have interaction internationally. It’s not as if we’re anyplace close to the highest of the league desk of nations the place refugees flee.

The actions of this Conservative Authorities are a aware try and destroy our popularity on the useless hope for electoral profit if the variety of boats reduces. The Britain I communicate of existed earlier than this Tory authorities and it’ll exist lengthy after it – they are going to fail, they’re in a gap and they need to cease digging.