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The Rwanda deportation scheme might be legal, but it remains deeply shameful

By Michela Wrong

19 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Britain's plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has been given the go ahead from the Supreme Court. The Guardian weighs in on why this moment is so shameful for the UK.

So the game is on, once again. Six months after a last-minute intervention by the European court of human rights prevented a flight carrying seven migrants from taking off for Kigali, the Home Office’s Rwanda asylum-processing deal is back in play, thanks to today’s ruling in favour of the scheme by Lord Justice Lewis and Mr Justice Swift.

A summer of political turmoil – which saw the exits of both the scheme’s originator, Priti Patel, and its enthusiastic supporter Boris Johnson – had offered the government a precious chance to shelve the policy, which even some Conservative stalwarts regard as morally distasteful and legally questionable.

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