UK’s Rwanda plan (1) infographic
Graphic shows development of Rwanda plan between April 2022 and December 2023.


Britain’s Rwanda asylum saga

By Duncan Mil

December 12, 2023 - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak headed off a Con­ser­vat­ive revolt over his flag­ship Rwanda migra­tion bill as the House of Com­mons voted 313 to 269 last night (December 12) to back the legis­la­tion in prin­ciple.

Sunak wants to get his Rwanda bill onto the stat­ute book in early 2024, with the first asylum seekers depor­ted to the East African coun­try “by the spring”, ahead of an expected gen­eral elec­tion next year.

But in November, the Supreme Court -- the highest court in the UK -- ruled the policy unlawful and could not go ahead as it was, concluding there was a real risk Rwanda could return genuine refugees to their home country, where they would face “ill-treatment.”

Sunak’s migration scheme has split the Conservative Party.

The European Research Group -- the party’s euro-sceptic caucus -- says the bill provides “a partial and incomplete solution to the problem of legal challenges in the UK courts.”

Meanwhile, the One Nation Tories -- a faction of around 100 MPs in the more centrist wing of the party -- have said the bill is already “right at the line” of accept­able inter­na­tional law.

PUBLISHED: 12/12/2023; STORY: Graphic News