Following criticism over his plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has decided to take a new approach to dissuade illegal migrants: sending them to Middlesborough.

According to sources close to the Prime Minister, Sunak believes that the prospect of being sent to the “armpit of England” will be enough to deter even the most determined of illegal migrants.

“Let’s face it, no one wants to end up in Middlesborough,” said a spokesperson for the Prime Minister. “It’s cold, it’s rainy, and it’s just generally miserable. We think that this will be a strong deterrent for anyone thinking of trying to enter the UK illegally.”

The plan has been met with mixed reactions, with some applauding Sunak’s innovative approach to the problem of illegal migration, while others have criticized the proposal as inhumane and disrespectful.

“Middlesborough is a vibrant and diverse community, and we will not stand for any attempt to stigmatize or marginalize our town,” said a local councilor. “We welcome anyone who wants to come and be a part of our community, regardless of their background or immigration status.”

Despite the controversy, Sunak remains committed to his plan, which he believes will send a strong message to anyone thinking of trying to enter the UK illegally.

“Make no mistake, we will not tolerate illegal migration,” said the Prime Minister. “If you try to enter our country illegally, you will be sent to Middlesborough. End of story.”