Last week, the UK Supreme Court delivered its judgment on the legality of the government’s plan to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda. The ill-conceived scheme, which is based in large part on a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Rwanda, was unanimously held to be unlawful. Though the scheme has failed, at least for now, it remains a hinge around which right-wing populist forces seek to build momentum for their policy platform.
- The turning of migrants into political weapons is the latest proof of the irrelevance of the UN refugee protection system in the 21st century. It is high time to reform it.
- In recent days the UNHCR has invited donor countries to provide the necessary financial assistance needed for humanitarian aid in Libya and neighbouring countries. In the meantime it continues to work with local agencies on the shores of the Mediterranean. In some cases work also consists of searching for people who have taken to the sea and for whom all trace has been lost.