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An increase in people seeking asylum in Ireland is causing an accommodation crisis that has forced Ukrainians to be put in tents
Britain’s Rwanda policy has triggered a surge in refugees arriving in Ireland, Dublin said on Saturday, in a seeming admission that the deal to deport asylum seekers to central Africa is deterring people from coming to the UK.
Senior figures in the coalition government, including the Irish prime minister, have blamed Britain’s new migration measures for an increase in people seeking asylum in Ireland instead, causing an accommodation crisis that has forced Ukrainians to be put in tents.
Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Rwanda policy aims to deport illegal immigrants to the African country in a bid to deter people making dangerous and unlawful Channel crossings to Britain.
The Home Office refused to comment on the accusations by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan, leader of the Greens, one of his two coalition partners.
“Recent policy changes in other jurisdictions, including the UK, as the Taoiseach referred to, may be creating the perception of a less welcoming immigration and international protection environment, leading to secondary movements of applicants,” an Irish government spokesman told The Telegraph.
“One can see, and maybe sense that that policy announcement, which I thought was a wrong policy announcement by the UK, a shocking sort of initiative in my view, to be doing some agreement with Rwanda, clearly may have motivated people utilising the Common Travel Area to come into the Republic – yes, I think it is one of a number of factors,” Mr Martin said last week.
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