UK Plan To Ship Out Asylum Seekers To Rwanda Declared Legal

The High Court of the United Kingdom ruled on Monday that a proposal to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is constitutional, but the government must assess the facts of each case before deporting anybody.

This is a decision that opens the door for more legal battles to the contentious policy.

Eight asylum seekers, relief organizations, and a border officials’ union filed lawsuits to prevent the Conservative government from enforcing a repatriation deal with Rwanda, which is meant to discourage migrants from crossing the English Channel.

The United Kingdom intends to deport certain migrants who arrive in the nation as stowaways or in tiny boats to the East African country to have their asylum applications assessed at Rwanda.

Those granted asylum would remain in Rwanda rather than return to the United Kingdom.

“The court has ruled that it is legitimate for the government to make preparations for the relocation of asylum-seekers to Rwanda and for their asylum claims to be adjudicated in Rwanda rather than the United Kingdom,” stated the two judges.