The Interior Ministry “selects 130 asylum seekers” to be deported to Rwanda

A group of people assumed to be migrants

A group of people believed to be migrants are taken on a Border Force ship to Dover, Kent, after an incident involving a small boat in the English Channel (Image: PA).

According to reports, around 130 asylum seekers are to be deported to Rwanda on the Interior Ministry’s first charter flight.

In less than a week until departure on June 14, 80 of them have filed legal challenges asking to remain in the UK and officials expect the remaining 50 to do so this week.

The Home Office began issuing formal deportation notices in late May as the “final administrative step” in its partnership with the East African nation.

Thousands of people are to be sent 4,000 miles away to have their asylum claims processed as part of the controversial deportation scheme.

Activists say the Home Office’s plan is “irrational and unlawful,” and many have been working with lawyers to file legal challenges in recent weeks.

Most lawsuits are based on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to “private and family life” – or relate to allegations of modern slavery.

Ahead of the looming one-way flight, a Home Office insider told the Daily Mail: “As predicted, specialist immigration lawyers are pulling every trick in the book and exploiting every possible loophole to dissuade their clients from flying.

“Every single person who is to be relocated could and should have applied for asylum in a country they transited rather than entering the UK illegally.

Border Force brings asylum seekers ashore

Border Force brings asylum seekers ashore (Image: EPA)

‘However, Priti will not budge and government attorneys will work around the clock to remove as many of these obstacles as possible, while changes through the Citizenship and Border Act will help eliminate the carousel of claims.’

Those selected for the flight are apparently being held in detention centers such as Colnbrook, near Heathrow Airport, and Brook House, near Gatwick Airport.

The Home Office also came under fire over the weekend over plans to deport children as young as 16 to Rwanda as part of its controversial migration policy.

Refugee agency Care4Calais claimed it was in contact with 70 detainees, two of whom are said to be 16 years old. also spoke to one of the asylum seekers – a 20-year-old man named Khaled, who came to the UK from Syria.

Protesters will gather outside the Rwanda High Commission tonight to call on the Rwandan government to drop Boris Johnson’s “shameful” deal.

The emergency response, beginning at 4 p.m., was organized by campaign groups Movement For Justice and Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC). has contacted the Home Office for comment.

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