Ruling on deportation of asylum seekers from UK to Rwanda may be appealed

On 17 January 2023 at 09:01

The United Kingdom (UK) High Court has granted an appeal to Asylum Aid, a charity which challenged the court’s decision that the government’s plans to send migrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda while their status is decided are lawful.

Lawyers of Asylum Aid which is among charities that had filed a lawsuit demanding cancellation of the deportation policy has announced that it claimed for a go ahead to appeal against the ruling noting that the court made a wrong decision.

“We’re extremely disappointed by the High Court’s decision. It’s very hard to see how it can be fair for the Home Office to decide to send hundreds – if not thousands – of asylum seekers to Rwanda without any of them having a right to argue that it’s not a safe place.

We’re asking for permission to appeal so that we can continue to fight for fair processes and fair outcomes for people who come here seeking protection,” said Alison Pickup, the Director of Asylum Aid.

The organization which provides legal aid services to asylum seekers says that it is concerned with the security of individuals to be deported.

In April 2022, Rwanda and the United Kingdom (UK) signed Migration and Economic Development partnership. The deal paves the way for deportation to Rwanda of migrants and asylum seekers staying in the UK illegally.

Under this program, migrants are set to benefit from secondary qualifications, vocational and skills training, language lessons and higher education.

After signing the agreement, it was reported that those willing to return to their mother lands will be helped to do so.

The UK made the decision to discourage people crossing to the country illegally and reduce the budget spent on them every year.

The deal was criticized by various organizations overseeing migrants’ interests and some British politicians.

Their first flight to Rwanda was expected on 14th June 2022 but was cancelled at last minute after an intervention from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The UK is one of the European countries that have for long struggled with an increase in illegal migrants, mainly through the English Channel.

Figures from the UK show that 45,756 migrants crossed to the country in 2022 through the English Channel, a higher number compared to 28,526 registered in 2021. This number represents an increase by 17,000.

These illegal migrants come from various countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

The UK spends at least 5.5 million pounds a year on migrants where they stay in hotels while their claims are being processed.

Illegal migrants crossing through the English Channel come from various countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.