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With the Rwanda Bill back in the Commons yesterday, MPs received a timely reminder of why it is so urgently needed.

On Sunday, 534 migrants crossed the Channel to claim asylum here – the highest number this year. As winter gives way to spring, the small boats are back in force.

Attempts to crack down on the traffickers have had little effect, so another way must be found to break the business model of this dangerous trade in humanity.

Rwanda can be a vital part of the solution. If asylum seekers know they won't be allowed to stay in Britain, the incentive to risk their lives traversing one of the world's busiest seaways disappears.

Equally, by sending them abroad for processing, the taxpayer would no longer be forced to house them here at a cost of some £8million a day.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, outside 10 Downing Street on April 9, 2024

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, outside 10 Downing Street on April 9, 2024

Crew members board the Rwanda deportation flight EC-LZO Boeing 767 at Boscombe Down Air Base, on June 14, 2022 which never took off

Crew members board the Rwanda deportation flight EC-LZO Boeing 767 at Boscombe Down Air Base, on June 14, 2022 which never took off

A UK Border force boat escorting 50 migrants to Dover Docks after they were rescued in the English Channel - a total of 5,435 asylum seekers are reported to have crossed the channel this year

A UK Border force boat escorting 50 migrants to Dover Docks after they were rescued in the English Channel - a total of 5,435 asylum seekers are reported to have crossed the channel this year

Migrants wade out to help pull a dingy onto shore as men, women and children sit in the crowded boat with life jackets on

Migrants wade out to help pull a dingy onto shore as men, women and children sit in the crowded boat with life jackets on

Unelected Lords sought to scupper the Bill, claiming the Supreme Court had declared Rwanda an unsafe country. 

This isn't what the judges said. They ruled only that there was a danger of asylum claims being wrongly assessed and refugees sent back to the countries they had fled.

That problem has now been addressed by the British and Rwandan governments, and yesterday the Commons was set to strike out all the Lords'

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