UK's Bid to Send Asylum-Seekers to Rwanda Stopped by Supreme Court

UK Supreme Court

Text: The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the government's plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda is unlawful.

asylumseekers crossing the English Channel

The plan was controversial from the start, with many critics arguing that it was inhumane and would not deter people from trying to cross the English Channel in small boats.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame

The Rwandan government had agreed to accept asylum-seekers from the UK in exchange for financial aid.

High Court in London

he High Court had previously ruled that the plan was legal, but the Supreme Court overturned this decision.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

The ruling is a blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has made tackling illegal immigration a key priority of his government.

protest against the Rwanda deportation policy

It is unclear whether the government will try to appeal the ruling or come up with a new plan for dealing with asylum-seekers.

map of the UK

The ruling has been welcomed by human rights groups and lawyers for asylum-seekers.


The future of the UK's asylum policy is now uncertain.