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Rwanda flight is supposed to pick up barely 10 asylum seekers tomorrow – if it takes off at all

Priti Patel’s bid to fly Britain’s unwanted asylum seekers to Rwanda has fallen flat after a spate of challenges claiming it’s illegal. A government source said the number on Sunday night’s flight was just over 10

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A controversial Interior Ministry flight to Rwanda tomorrow now threatens to take in barely 10 asylum seekers – if it takes off at all, it is assumed.

The number of people supposed to be on the charter plane is believed to have dwindled dramatically following a spate of individual legal challenges.

It was initially reported that 130 people could be on the plane. But by last night that had dwindled to just over 10, a government source told the Mirror. The source predicted the number would be less than 10 by the time of the next update this morning.

The BBC reported that the number could be “reduced to zero” before the plane took off. According to the broadcaster, individual legal challenges relate to human rights and issues such as modern slavery.

Regardless, refugee and migrant advocates will file an appeals court today to block tomorrow’s first flight entirely – until a full legal challenge can take place.







Priti Patel visiting refugee shelters in Kigali, Rwanda
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The appeal was brought by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents more than 80% of Border Force employees, along with charities Care4Calais and Detention Action.

The organizations failed in a High Court application on Friday for an injunction.

A second cross-cutting case is due to be heard in the High Court today after Asylum Aid, a refugee aid organization, applied for an urgent injunction.

Over the weekend, a Home Office source – which on Friday rejected a High Court request for an injunction – told the Mirror the flight would depart “even if there is only one migrant on the plane”.

Under the directive, migrants who have arrived “illegally” in inflatable boats or refrigerated trucks since January 1 will be detained and then forced onto charter flights used to deport foreign criminals.

You will be “transported” almost 5,000 miles to Rwanda on a one-way ticket.

Once there, they are denied the right to seek asylum in Britain, instead having to seek sanctuary from the East African nation.







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Rwanda’s High Commissioner Johnston Busingye today told The Telegraph Rwanda will be a “safe haven” for migrants after Prince Charle claimed the policy was privately “appalling”.

Mr Busingye, writing in the newspaper, said: “Disappointingly, much of the discussion has either questioned our motives for entering the partnership or questioned our ability to provide a safe haven for those in need – as was evident in Friday’s court hearings was the case.”

He continued: “There is no doubt that we are a work in progress, like any country, but today’s Rwanda is unrecognizable from the country where the world was introduced in 1994.”

Cabinet Secretary Brandon Lewis told the BBC: “This is a policy that will ensure modern slavery and these people smugglers know their criminal methods are being dismantled.

“We need to do this in a proper, legal and managed way and people who encourage you to travel illegally are wrong and we will break their business model.”







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But the PCS union said officers should not be allowed to work on the program until a later court hearing decides whether it is unlawful.

Secretary-General Mark Serwotka said on Sky’s Sophy Ridge Sunday program: “Imagine you were now an official at the Home Office.

“[You go] to work because you want to see a decent immigration system where people are treated fairly and where we live up to our international obligations.

“Imagine being ordered on Tuesday to do something later found illegal in July. That would be an appalling situation.

“If Priti Patel had respect, not just for the desperate people who come to this country, but for the workers she employs, she would not ask a single one of them to be part of a deportation of an asylum seeker, until at least these cases.” will be heard in court for the full legality verdict, which will be delivered in July.”

Priti Patel could tear up the Tories’ own modern slavery laws to allow more deportation flights to Rwanda in the future.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the Home Secretary will appoint an independent auditor of the system put in place by her predecessor Theresa May.

When she launched the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, Ms May said it was “the great human rights issue of our time,” adding: “We will make it a national and international mission to rid our world of this barbaric evil.” .”

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