The Medaille Trust has been concerned that the proposed Rwanda asylum plan applies to potential victims of Modern Slavery, and has been concerned as to what that means for the UK meeting its obligations. We join with the Catholic bishops and other partners in the field in welcoming the Supreme Court judgement.
Bishop Paul McAleenan has expressed his approval for this development, in a statement published by the Bishop's Conference:
“We will continue to pray for those who are on the move, as well as for the government that it will respect this ruling and respond to the needs of migrants and asylum seekers in a way that fully upholds their human dignity.”
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The UK National Referal Mechanism and other modern slavery support systems include a package of specialist support for victims, and our government response to these issues has been rated the best in the world. There is little detail on how Rwanda, which has its own issues with confronting the scourge of modern slavery, was expected to replicate those protections.