BID’s Rwanda Project comes as a response to the government’s policy to remove asylum seekers to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed there, and the decision to hold those people in detention. This arrangement forms part of the Migration and Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) between the UK and Rwanda.
However, people in detention affected by this policy still have the option to apply for bail until the admissibility of their U.K. asylum claim is determined. This is where BID’s Rwanda Project comes in. In partnership with Allen & Overy and Reed Smith the project will mobilise qualified and trainee solicitors to volunteer drafting grounds for immigration bail applications.
The aim of the project is to create as much additional capacity as possible for Rwanda bail cases, as they have already become too numerous for BID’s casework teams to handle alone.
If you have been detained as a result of the government’s Rwanda policy or are supporting someone who has, we want to hear from you. We’re accepting referrals for anyone in immigration detention who has been served with a Notice of Intent (NOI) by the Home Office and who is unrepresented for bail.
To make a referral or to refer yourself, contact [email protected] and provide the detained individuals details and any available documentation, including – as a minimum – the following:
- Date of birth
- Contact telephone number
All referrals to the Rwanda Project will remain exclusively BID’s clients for the purposes of their detention case, and BID will remain responsible for their bail case at all times whilst it is instructed.
BID aims to help as many NOI recipients as possible for the duration of the Project, particularly in the run-up to the 5th of September 2022, when the legal challenge to the government’s Rwanda policy will return to the High Court. In addition to this, the new Conservative leader will be announced. Both of these events are highly likely to significantly impact the viability of future challenges to this inhumane policy.
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