Court rules Britain may deport asylum seekers to Rwanda

The London court also ordered a reassessment of the files of eight asylum seekers who were about to be sent to Rwanda earlier this year.

The British government wants to send tens of thousands of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda and has signed a deal worth more than 140 million euros with the African country. The plan was announced in April, but hasn’t taken off since. The first trip in June was canceled at the last minute after the European Court of Human Rights blocked deportations.


Charities, human rights activists and opposition parties, among others, have described the forced evictions as inhumane. Amnesty called the plan a “low point” and “the height of irresponsibility” at the time.

Nor is Rwanda particularly known for its strict adherence to human rights. For example, just a year ago, Britain urged the United Nations to investigate “extrajudicial killings, deaths in custody, disappearances and torture”.

With the controversial Rwanda Plan, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government wants to curb the growing influx of migrants. This year, a record number of immigrants crossed from France to England. The journey across the Channel is fraught with danger, as was demonstrated last week when a boat with dozens of people on board capsized. Four people lost their lives.

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