Rishi Sunak is travelling to Austria tonight to carry talks with the nation’s chief about unlawful migration.

The prime minister will meet Chancellor Karl Nehammer in Vienna on Tuesday, following an announcement that the UK authorities will give an additional £25m to the Nationwide Crime Company to assist sort out folks smuggling gangs.

Nevertheless, the principle thrust of the journey is to advertise using third nation deportation schemes – reminiscent of the federal government’s Rwanda plan.

The leaders are anticipated to say that such schemes are “a part of the answer for finest defending Europe from irregular migratory pressures and stopping folks from making unlawful, harmful journeys”.

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It comes as the overall quantity of people that have crossed the Channel in small boats this yr nears 10,000.

The federal government has now handed its laws to deport asylum seekers to the African nation, however flights will not be anticipated to start out taking off till early July – and extra authorized challenges is also launched.

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Labour has branded the scheme an “costly gimmick” and promised to scrap it if the get together wins the subsequent common election.

Nevertheless, House Secretary James Cleverly mentioned the federal government was nonetheless “decided to operationalise Rwanda as a part of the measures to guard our borders”.

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Talking forward of the go to, the prime minister pointed to an open letter from 15 EU international locations, together with Austria, printed final week that known as for “new options to handle irregular migration to Europe” – together with trying into the potential for introducing third nation schemes.

Mr Sunak mentioned: “We’re main the cost with companions throughout the continent to satisfy the challenges brought on by insupportable ranges of unlawful migration.

“Our disruption of the merciless commerce of felony gangs, along with our Rwanda scheme, are a part of a deterrent to cease unlawful migration as soon as and for all.

“It’s the British public who ought to make selections about who crosses our borders.”

Austria's Chancellor Karl Nehammer speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, April 18, 2024. European Union leaders vowed on Wednesday to ramp up sanctions against Iran as concern grows that Tehran's unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Harry Nakos)
Austria’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer. Pic: AP

Final yr, the UK and Austria signed a “migration and safety settlement” to work extra carefully on the difficulty, with the nation eager to create its personal third nation scheme to handle rising crossings within the Mediterranean.

Nevertheless, in contrast to the UK’s Rwanda scheme, asylum seekers can be allowed to return to Austria if their functions had been profitable.

Mr Sunak and Mr Nehammer are anticipated to signal a joint assertion as a part of the journey, agreeing to even “nearer co-operation to counter this seismic and pan-European problem”.


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