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In the United Kingdom, the expulsion of migrants to Rwanda validated by justice

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British justice gave the green light on Monday, December 19 to the deportation to Rwanda of asylum seekers who arrived illegally in the United Kingdom, a highly controversial project that the government wants to deploy as soon as possible.

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The Conservatives have made the fight against illegal immigration – one of the Brexit promises – one of their priorities. But never before have so many migrants crossed the Channel on small boats. Since the beginning of the year, around 45,000 people have thus arrived on the English coast, compared to 28,526 in 2021. And four migrants, including a teenager, lost their lives attempting the crossing on December 14, a little more than a year after the death of 27 people in similar circumstances.

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In April, the government of Boris Johnson concluded an agreement with Kigali to deport to Rwanda asylum seekers, regardless of their origin, who arrived illegally on British soil. A policy intended to discourage Channel crossings in small craft, but which has been widely criticized and challenged in court.

No evictions have yet taken place

“The Court found that it is lawful for the UK government to put in place arrangements to send asylum seekers to Rwanda and for their asylum claims to be considered in Rwanda rather than the UK”, according to a summary of the judgment published by the High Court in London. It considered that the provisions planned by the government do not contravene the Geneva Convention on refugees.

No deportation has yet taken place: a first flight scheduled for June was canceled after a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which called for a thorough review of this policy. Justice having rendered its decision, the government of Rishi Sunak now wants to hurry up.

The very right Interior Minister Suella Braverman, who had expressed her ” dream “ to see migrants deported to Rwanda, has highlighted its willingness to implement this project ” as soon as possible “. “And we are ready to defend ourselves again against any legal action”underlined the boss of the “Home Office”.

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A contemplated appeal

Justice, on the other hand, asked the Ministry of the Interior to review its copy concerning eight migrants who opposed their expulsion to Rwanda. The “Home Office” has not sufficiently examined their personal situations to determine whether there are any elements concerning them which would oppose their deportation to Rwanda.

Opponents of the project greeted the judgment with disappointment and anger. Among the associations at the origin of this legal action, Care4Calais, whose founder, Clare Moseley, expressed her determination that“no refugee will be forcibly expelled” in Rwanda. The association, like Detention Action, plans to appeal this decision.

The union of civil servants PCS (present in particular in the border police), considered that the government project remains “morally reprehensible and totally inhumane”considering that a call must ” seriously “ be considered.

Migrants, those “undesirables” whose lives matter less

The Refugee Council has crushed a policy “cruel”, consisting in assimilating “people who seek security in human goods”, judging it to be damaging to the reputation of a country of human rights.

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Amnesty International has judged ” ashamed “ that after the deaths of last week, “The government refuses to recognize that the more it invests in cruelty, punishment and deterrence, the more it endangers desperate people who have no safe option to get to the UK.”

The Labor opposition, for its part, judged the project “impractical”, “unethical” and “exorbitantly expensive”.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees even intervened in the case before the High Court, arguing that “the minimum components of a reliable and fair asylum system” are lacking in Rwanda and that such a policy would lead to “serious risk of violations” of the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees.

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