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Charity urges prayers for ‘strength, fortitude and courage’ for refugees as court rejects last ditch appeal of Rwanda policy

by Alex Collett

The government's first flight taking asylum seekers to Rwanda can go ahead tomorrow, appeal court judges have said.

It supports a previous decision by the High Court that it was in the "public interest" for the government to carry out its policies.

Under the scheme, some of those entering the UK illegally will be flown to Rwanda to apply for asylum there.

The policy's come in for criticism ever since it was announced.

But the Prime Minister says he anticipated all of this - and wants to crack down on illegal Channel crossings

Phil Kerton, co-director of Seeking Sanctuary, a Christian organisation that promotes awareness of migrants near our shores, told Premier Christian News he doesn't believe the flight should be going ahead at all.

Kerton said: “It's the duty of governments under the Refugee Convention, to consider asylum claims of people and not just to brush them aside and say, we're not going to consider them or send them somewhere else.

“It's an appalling desertion of international obligations.”

Kerton went on to share his worry for the migrants’ mental health, having faced so much hardship already.

“From what I've seen from people who've been visiting, detention centres are in a terrible mental state, [it brings back] all the traumas that they've run away from.

“It's the nationalities who are originally on the list to be sent, or come from countries who when claims are processed properly, tend to receive 80, 90 per cent asylum statements or other leave to remain.”

Kerton encouraged Christians to pray for the migrants as the flight goes ahead tomorrow, he said:

“Just after Pentecost, when remembering that the Holy Spirit's came to give people strength and fortitude and courage.

“We can pray that these gifts come to these people and they do manage to remain calm and take care of themselves and are well treated on arrival.”

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