UK Passes Controversial Bill to Deport Asylum Seekers to Rwanda

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In a significant development, the UK Parliament has passed a controversial bill that will allow the government to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for their claims to be processed. This move comes after two years of legal and political challenges.

The bill, which faced staunch opposition from crossbench peers and human rights advocates, was finally approved on Monday night. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has stated that the first flights deporting asylum seekers could depart within 10 to 12 weeks, marking a pivotal moment in the UK’s immigration policy.

Critics of the bill have raised concerns about the safety and human rights implications of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda. Despite these concerns, the Home Office has identified a group of asylum seekers with weak legal claims who are expected to be part of the first tranche sent to East Africa.

The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent shortly and become law, paving the way for the UK to implement its deportation plan. However, legal battles are anticipated as lawyers prepare to challenge the removal of individual asylum seekers on a case-by-case basis.

This legislation has been one of the most contentious issues in UK politics, sparking debates about the country’s approach to asylum and the responsibilities under international law.

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