It upheld the lower court’s decision but the government appealed.
Britain’s High Court has ruled the government’s plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda illegal.
The court unanimously dismissed the government’s appeal against the earlier verdict. The government appealed after a lower court ruled that the deportation of migrants to Rwanda was illegal.
The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled on the legality of the government’s controversial plan to send migrants to Rwanda.
The decision is a blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his tough immigration policy.
The Conservative leader called for an end to “illegal” immigration – refugees hiding in small boats or trucks – across the Sunak Canal.
According to the government, it is important to stop migrants trying to cross the canal in small boats from northern France. More than 27,000 people have made the journey this year.
In April last year, the UK signed an agreement with Rwanda to send undocumented migrants to centers in Rwanda.
When Chung took office after Liz Truss in October 2022, she promised to “stop the boats” and that would be one of her priorities this year.
In July, the government decided to bar all “illegal” people from applying for asylum.
Sunak’s administration says it wants to reduce regular and irregular immigration to reduce pressure on other social services, such as housing and health care.
The issue is expected to feature prominently in the next election.
The Rwanda settlement is considered cruel
Opponents denounce the idea of deportation to Rwanda as cruel, expensive and difficult to implement.
They also say it violates international asylum and refugee law.
The first deportees were already taken on a flight to Rwanda in June 2022, when a last-minute decision prevented all deportations.
The decision to end deportations to Rwanda was made under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Critics point out that Rwanda cannot be considered a safe third country and that deportees risk being sent back to their home countries, where they face persecution.
Sources: AFP, Reuters
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