Falklands was suggested as Rwanda back-up for migrants by Home Office
Rishi Sunak rejected Home Office proposals to deport migrants to the Falkland Islands as a back-up to the Rwanda policy, The Times can reveal.
A government source said the department conducted “extensive work” this year on using the British overseas territory as part of contingency planning.
Using the Falklands, which are some 8,000 miles from Britain in the South Atlantic, was also considered alongside the Rwanda policy. Under this option, the islands would have been used before a permanent destination was found, such as Rwanda.
However, the location was dismissed by No 10 and the Foreign Office after the Home Office submitted plans that would have led to only 30 migrants being deported in a six to 12-month pilot. The prime minister is understood