Second Rwanda flight plans by Interior Ministry could go ahead
A SECOND attempt to fly asylum seekers to Rwanda could be underway just months after the first flight was boosted by human rights activists.
The Home Office has sent letters to asylum seekers locked in hotels telling them that their claims for asylum in the UK are ‘inadmissible’ and that they will be sent to the South African country -Is for their requests to be processed officially..
Asylum seekers have only 14 days to oppose their deportation to Rwanda.
Clare Moseley, the founder of the charity Care4Calais, told the Guardian: “We recently learned that the Foreign Office warned Priti Patel that refugees should not be sent to Rwanda because of human rights concerns, including that they could be forced to join the country’s army and sent to fight in neighboring states.
“In this context, it seems unlikely that the government is going ahead with this brutal plan. Once again we will support terrified men and their distraught families as they face the devastating prospect of being forcibly deported halfway around the world.
The second Rwandan flight comes after the first was grounded on June 14 after courts removed all 138 refugees and immigrants from the plane.
An upcoming court hearing is to determine whether the government’s policy of sending asylum seekers abroad is legal on September 5.
The Home Office continued to fight for the charter flight to continue despite some government officials pushing back on the policy.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘We will not be deterred from doing the right thing and implementing our plans to control our country’s borders. Our legal team is reviewing every decision made on this flight and planning for the next flight begins now. »
A Home Office spokesperson said: “Our leading partnership with Rwanda is a key part of our strategy to overhaul the broken asylum system and break the business model of evil smuggling gangs.
“We have always been clear that we will continue to take the partnership forward to prevent loss of life in the Channel, and we continue to advise those who come to the UK via dangerous, illegal and unnecessary routes that they are likely to be relocated. Rwanda, where they will have the opportunity to seek asylum and be supported to build a new life. No court has actually ruled that.