GENEVA, June 13 (Reuters) – The UN refugee chief on Monday described a British plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as “completely wrong”, saying it would set a catastrophic precedent for other countries.
“Everything is wrong, this deal, for so many different reasons,” Filippo Grandi told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva. “The precedent this sets is catastrophic for a concept that needs to be shared like asylum,” he added.
A British court ruled on Monday that the first flight to take migrants arriving illegally in Britain to Rwanda could take place on Tuesday after judges rejected activists’ attempts to obtain an injunction to arrest it. (Reporting by Emma Farge and Cecile Mantovani; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)