First UK flight sending Ukrainian asylum-seekers to Rwanda to go ahead after appeal fails!1 min read
The United Kingdom’s controversial plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda as early as Tuesday is set to go ahead after the Court of Appeal in London confirmed an earlier decision to deny an injunction to block the first flight.
Britain’s government announced in April that it had agreed a deal to send asylum-seekers to the east African country. Those granted asylum would then be allowed to resettle in Rwanda.
The government insisted the program was aimed at disrupting people-smuggling networks and deterring migrants from making the dangerous sea journey across the Channel to England from France.
The plan sparked a wave of criticism from charities, religious leaders and international human rights groups, including the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). A small crowd of protesters gathered in front of the court on Monday.
UNHCR Commissioner Filippo Grandi condemned the British government’s plan during a press conference in Geneva on Monday.
“We believe that this is all wrong. This is all wrong, this deal. For so many different reasons,” he said.