On November 24, 2023, Alex Stojicevic was featured in the International Bar Association’s (IBA) article ‘Migration: UK government plans to overrule country’s highest court in face of Rwanda defeat.’
Despite the UK’s Supreme Court ruling that sending asylum seekers to Rwanda violates international and domestic law, the UK government plans to override the court and proceed with the plan. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is determined to pass emergency legislation to initiate flights to Rwanda. However, experts argue that Rwanda is not a safe country for asylum seekers, and the UN Refugee Agency has provided evidence of allegations of refoulement.
Alex Stojicevic, co-founder of MKS Immigration Lawyers, points out the issues with processing asylum claims offshore, particularly in countries with poor human rights records.
The Supreme Court ruling emphasizes the significance of international treaties that protect human rights and warns of potential broader consequences, including trade implications, if the UK withdraws from these treaties.
The future of asylum seekers in the UK remains uncertain under the Illegal Migration Act, as the ruling does not dismiss the possibility of sending them to a third country, although no such agreements currently exist. Meanwhile, Austria and Italy are exploring similar arrangements with third countries.
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