The first flight to Rwanda carrying asylum seekers denied entry to the UK is scheduled to depart next month, the Home Office stated.
Officials have began giving final notice to the primary group of individuals to be handed a one-way ticket to the East African nation below the controversial new deportation scheme.
The Home Office is known to have advised dozens of people earlier in May that they had been being thought of for elimination and is now handing out Removal Direction notices which inform folks they’ve been confirmed for deportation on a set date.
The first flight to Rwanda as a part of the scheme is anticipated to set off on 14 June.
Boris Johnson stated tens of hundreds of individuals may be flown to Rwanda below the settlement. But The Times reported that modelling by Home Office officers indicated that solely 300 a year may be despatched there.
The division stated it didn’t recognise this determine and there was no cap on the quantity of people that might be despatched to Rwanda.
Home Office steerage states the brand new route ought to be thought of for asylum seekers who’re deemed “inadmissible” for consideration within the UK, and arrived by a small boat or one other “dangerous” or “illegal” methodology after 1 January.
That consists of individuals who arrive on small boats and have a connection to one other secure nation.
Connections embrace having been recognised as a refugee in, travelled by, made an asylum application to or may have made an application to that nation “on the balance of probabilities” – having “spent a couple of weeks in Brussels staying with friends” may meet this standards.
The steerage was made public after threats of authorized motion by refugee charities.
Two authorized challenges have been launched towards the scheme and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC) has spoken out towards it, saying it “evades international obligations and is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Refugee Convention”.
UNHRC officers stated there isn’t any worldwide authorized obligation requiring refugees to search asylum within the “first safe country they reach”, which is a key assertion underpinning the federal government’s insurance policies.