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Rwanda asylum plan: Number of people on first flight close to single figures

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Posted: 13/06/22 - 12:30
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The number of asylum seekers due to be removed from the UK on the first deportation flight to Rwanda has fallen to close to single figures.

The Court of Appeal is set to decide later if the Home Office flight can depart as scheduled on Tuesday.

Campaigners and migrants last week failed to win an injunction against the government policy in the High Court.

But the planned number of deportations has rapidly reduced, with 11 due to fly according to the charity Care4Calais.

A Home Office source told the BBC that, of the original 37 scheduled to fly, legal challenges relating to modern slavery and human rights claims have drastically reduced that number.

On Friday it emerged six people had their deportation orders cancelled, while Care4Calais has confirmed a further 20 planned removals were called off over the weekend.

This leaves 11 people still set to fly to east Africa on Tuesday, including four Iranians, two Iraqis, two Albanians and one Syrian, the charity said.

But BBC home editor Mark Easton says it is expected that could be "whittled down to zero" before the plane is due to take off.

As of Friday, up to 130 people had been notified they could be removed.

I Call Bull: Making a mockery of the whole thing and Britain a major target for illegal immigration as we are a soft touch.

A total joke with over 10,000 people having already illegally crossed the Channel this year

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Lets hope that these 11 will be test cases overcoming and/all barriers to greater numbers of regular removals.
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Once again the government hasn't got a clue what it's doing. No real surprise is it
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With not even 1% of the issue now due to be onboard this has fallen at the first hurdle and is becoming more and more expensive by the minute