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Afghans fleeing the Taliban among asylum seekers on the first deportation flight to Rwanda

The Home Office has declined to confirm the nationalities of those on board, but only Rwandans are exempt from the policy. The wave of lawsuits raises doubts as to whether the first flight will take place next Tuesday as planned.

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Desperate Afghans left in Kabul after being promised refuge in Britain will be among the asylum-seekers deported to Rwanda next week, according to the Mirror.

Migrants who arrived “illegally” in Britain in dinghies or refrigerated trucks from January 1 will be arrested and forced onto charter flights to the East African nation.

According to official statistics, 1,094 Afghans arrived in Britain by small boat this year, accounting for nearly a quarter of all small boat arrivals that year alone.

At 24%, Afghans represent the highest nationality of all persons recorded.

Care4Calais, one of many organizations taking legal action against the Rwanda policy, said nine Afghans they know of have been notified of their deportation.







Boris Johnson remains confident the policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda is legal despite a court bid to stop the practice from being introduced, Downing Street has said
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The group said they were also aware of around 35 Sudanese, 18 Syrians, 14 Iranians, 11 Egyptians, as well as Iraqis, Pakistanis, Albanians, Algerians, Chadians, Eritreans, Turks and Vietnamese, who were told they could be used for the inaugural flight .

The Home Office has declined to confirm the nationalities of those on board, but only Rwandans are exempt from the policy, suggesting those fleeing conflict — such as in Afghanistan and Ukraine — are under consideration for deportation could be if they are deemed to have arrived in the UK illegally under new immigration rules.

But the wave of lawsuits raises doubts as to whether the first flight will take place next Tuesday as planned.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “We have made it clear from the outset that we anticipate legal challenges.

“It doesn’t change our commitment to this partnership, which aims to disrupt the criminal gang business model and prevent loss of life.”

Tory MP and Boris Johnson loyalist Peter Bone has called for new legislation that would allow deportations to Rwanda to be brought before the House of Commons “immediately” if ongoing plans are stopped in court.







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In the event of a delay, Home Office officials should be prepared to release the detainees and put them under surveillance with measures that could include bail and being required to report regularly to a reporting center.

The government may have to allow detainees to leave the country if they cannot escape within a reasonable timeframe, in line with rules on immigration detention powers, which prevent indefinite detention of those facing deportation.

The Tories pledged to resettle 20,000 refugees, including up to 5,000 in the first year under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

But the progress of this program remains unclear.

Former Treasury Secretary Jesse Norman also slammed the plan when he urged the prime minister to back down ahead of the humiliating no-confidence vote

He described the scheme as “ugly, likely counterproductive and of dubious legality”.

The large numbers of Afghans making dangerous Channel crossings show that the government’s Afghan resettlement programs are not working.

The Tories pledged to resettle 20,000 refugees, including up to 5,000 in the first year under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme. But the progress of this program remains unclear. A total of 9,327 migrants have crossed the English Channel this year, a number not reached until August last year.

Marley Morris of the think tank Institute for Public Policy Research said deportation to Rwanda would be an “unimaginably horrific outcome for people who have already faced such great difficulties”.

Actress Dame Emma Thompson described the scheme as “winkingly insane and callous”.

Speaking to Sky News’ Beth Rigby, she said the Government’s approach “does not represent the soul of this country”.

Former Treasury Secretary Jesse Norman also slammed the plan when he urged the prime minister to back down ahead of the humiliating no-confidence vote

He described the scheme as “ugly, likely counterproductive and of dubious legality”.

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