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CAFOD responds to Supreme Court ruling on sending asylum seekers to Rwanda

15 November 2023

CAFOD has responded to the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Court of Appeal ruling that the Home Office’s plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful.

Aisha Dodwell, the head of campaigns for the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, CAFOD, said:

“Today's ruling makes clear that we have a moral and legal duty to care for migrants and refugees. The Rwanda plan was a cruel attempt to turn away people who are seeking protection.

“We urgently need to transform the way migrants are treated. In the absence of safe and legal routes, thousands of people die each year as they are forced to take dangerous journeys to reach safety.

“As Pope Francis tells us, we must welcome people without prejudice and focus on building bridges and not walls.”

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CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and part of Caritas International. It works with communities across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to fight poverty and injustice. The agency works with people in need regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality.

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