Alison Hammond has criticised the newly-announced government policy to send asylum seekers to Rwanda after noting the UK has ‘invited in’ Ukrainian refugees.
Alison joined Dermot O’Leary on Friday’s This Morning as they helped viewers welcome the Easter weekend.
But they soon got into some tougher subjects, as they discussed the biggest news stories with Matthew Wright and ITV News’ Anushka Asthana.
Top of the agenda was the government’s new plan to send asylum seekers who cross the English Channel to Rwanda.
While chatting about the policy with the pair, Alison shared why she believed there are ‘racial undertones’ in the newly-announced policy.
Matthew noted: ‘It’s 800 times more expensive to process people offshore than it is onshore.’
Alison weighed in: ‘I am feeling a lot of racial undertones to this as well.
‘Look at the people [the government] are sending back, and look at the people they are inviting to our country.’
‘I’m feeling a lot of racial undertones,’ as Matthew interjected, ‘Ukraine?’ with Alison agreeing.
Hundreds of thousands of UK citizens have volunteered to take in those left fleeing the war in Ukraine, even former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Mr Hancock is housing one of his constituents’ family from Ukraine – her mother, two sisters, niece, nephew and his partner, along with her nephew’s grandmother.
Anushka added: ‘That clearly is the case that the only safe routes that exist, exist for a few countries. Ukraine, of course, and some people from Afghanistan as well.
‘That’s why some people were accusing them of institutional racism yesterday.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted the plan to detain and fly migrants more than 4,000 miles to East Africa at the taxpayer’s expense is not ‘draconian and lacking in compassion’.
It comes despite the fact Rwanda’s human rights record has received international condemnation – including from the UK
The government has not revealed how much money would need to be spent on the programme but the Refugee Council believes it could cost up to £1.4 billion a year.
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