Over 24,000 UK Asylum Seekers Face Deportation to Rwanda
Did you know the Home Office issued 24,083 letters of intent to warn refugees of forced removal?
Over 24,000 asylum seekers belonging to one-third of the world’s countries could be deported to Rwanda soon under the supervision of the UK Home Office. The scheme was recently declared unlawful in the court of appeal.
Home Office data collected through a freedom of information request indicates that 24,083 asylum seekers faced forceful removal from the UK between January 2021 and March 2023.
Home Office issues a notice of intent letter to declare an asylum claim inadmissible. As a result, the case cannot be finalized in the UK since the asylum seeker ventured through a safe country before arriving in the UK.
In addition to this, the notice of intent is aimed at sending the individual to a safe third country rather than admitting their claim. Interestingly, the UK only has this agreement with Rwanda. However, continuous legal proceedings have added such cases to the record-breaking backlog at the Home Office.
The Home Office is yet to comment on the backlog data. Everyone realizes that the UK government plans to fly the maximum number of people to Rwanda after resolving their legal cases. This is because the authorities cannot simply remove thousands of asylum seekers from the UK and deport them to a third country.
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