London, UK, June 15, 2022 — Laura Kyrke-Smith, IRC UK Executive Director, said:
“We are relieved that the flight scheduled to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda last night has been called off.
"As we have seen from the generous and caring response to crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine, the British people want to help people who find themselves in great need, through no fault of their own. Yet instead, the UK Government is intent on outsourcing its responsibilities as a global power and causing further trauma to already vulnerable people.
"We continue to urge the UK Government to fundamentally rethink this approach and deliver a fair and effective system of protection for everyone.”
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue-uk.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.