Rwanda Migrant Plan Lawful, UK High Court Rules

The United Kingdom's plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is lawful, Britain's High Court has ruled. Lord Justice Lewis said the policy, introduced under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was "consistent with the refugee convention". However, he said the home secretary should look at people's "particular circumstances" before sending them to Rwanda.

According to New Times, Rwanda and the UK inked the "Migration and Economic Development Partnership" back in April 2022 to allow migrants and asylum seekers who are illegally in the UK to be transferred to Rwanda.

Those who will benefit from the programme will have the option of applying for asylum locally and be facilitated to resettle in Rwanda or to be facilitated to return to their home country, having received support through the programme.


Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Vincent Biruta and the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary Priti Patel address the media after signing the five-year deal on relocation of migrants and asylum seekers in Kigali (file photo).

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