The plaintiffs, who hail from Iran, Iraq, and Syria, are contesting the decision to send them to Rwanda, and they have appealed the High Court’s ruling confirming the implementation of the Migration and Economic Development Partnership between the British government and Rwanda to receive immigrants who enter the UK illegally.
Migrant rights groups have expressed concern that immigrants face the risk of persecution in Rwanda, which is what they fled from in their home countries.
The judges of the British Court of Appeal will examine evidence to show that the High Court’s decision was mistaken in assessing the security situation in Rwanda and the risks faced by immigrants.
Rwanda and Britain have established a joint committee to monitor compliance with the terms of the agreement.
However, the British government intends to revise the immigration law to include provisions that permit the government to send migrants to other countries for national security reasons, despite being refused by the court.
The first migrants were supposed to arrive in Rwanda in June 2022, but the deportation was called off at the last minute due to a swift complaint filed by migrant rights groups.
The hearing is expected to last four days beginning from this Monday, and the results of the British Court of Appeal will have far-reaching implications for the future of the agreement between Britain and Rwanda.
The case also raises broader questions about the responsibility of Western governments towards migrants fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.