On Monday London’s High Court will rule whether the British Government sending asylum seekers to Rwanda is legal as Rishi Sunak, Priminister of the UK, tries to stop the amount of migrants that arrived in small boats.
Under a deal in April, Britain intends to send the tens of thousands of migrants who entered the UK illegally 4,000 miles away to Rwanda.
The European Court of Human Right (ECHR) blocked the first planned deportation in June and the lawfulness of the government’s move was subsequently challenged by a judicial review at London’s High Court in which the verdict will be delivered at 1030 GMT.
Even if the government claims victory on Monday, that does not mean the deportation can take off immediately because there may be further appeal in British Courts, while an injunction of ECHR in the summer prevents any immediate deportations until the conclusion of legal action in The UK.
As one of Sunak first major policy, he starts to crack down on illegal immigration and he wanted to restart the flights to Rwanda. However, there are objections from lawmakers from all the main political parties, the United Nation and even King Charles.
This year, the prime minister has to deal with more than 40,000 migrants arriving from France, which is a record number as many of them came from Afghanistan, Iran or other countries, suffering by war and wanting to seek asylum in Britain.
This week 4 migrants died by the sinking dinghy while trying to enter the city illegally. This was the latest tragedy in water between Britain and France. This is emphasize that government are incompetent to stop the crossing.
Lawyers acting for asylum seekers from many countries including Syria, Sudan and Iraq together with charities and Border Force Staff told the High Court in hearing that the government’s policy to send migrants to Rwanda was inhumane and does not follow the Human Rights convention.
Lawyers claimed that Rwanda, whose own human right record is under scrutiny, does not process the capability for the claims. They raised concerns that there is a risk of migrants being forced to return back where they escaped.
Britain says the Rwanda deportation strategy will reduce migrants from dangerous travelling across the Channel, and will destroy the business model of people-smuggling networks.
Supporters of the deal say sending the migrants to the country will reduce the congestion in processing centres and give them an authentic home. However, since the policy was announced tens of thousands of people continuously come to Britain.
Under the agreement of Rwanda, people who decided to go to Britain illegally could be deported, except the children with no parents. Meanwhile, Rwanda’s government said that it will protect deportees, stating that they have the right to live there but couldn’t turn back to Britain.