Govt to return "wrongly" deported Refugee
This about sums up our shambles of an immigration system. Anyone can show up on our shores and claim that they are "gay" and given residence as a "refugee."
A gay woman wrongly deported from the UK five years ago has been told she can return in a landmark court ruling that could open the door to thousands of similar challenges.
In an unprecedented case, the Home Office has been ordered to facilitate the return of a Ugandan refugee after the High Court ruled the decision to reject her claim was unlawful.
The 25-year-old woman arrived in the UK in 2011 and claimed asylum on the basis that she was a "lesbian" and would be at risk of persecution in Uganda. She was refused and removed in 2013 on the grounds that the Home Office did not believe she was gay.
But a High Court judge has now ruled the government’s decision to refuse her claim was reached by an unfair process which did not give her sufficient time to obtain evidence to support her case.
The woman is one of thousands of asylum seekers whose immigration cases were decided under the Home Office’s “detained fast-track” system, which was introduced in 2005 and came to an end in 2015 after the High Court ruled that it was “structurally unfair”. Her case is the first successful appeal allowing a claimant to return to the UK.
Lawyers and campaigners said the latest ruling could pave the way for thousands of similar challenges from people who were removed under this system.
Bella Sankey, director of Detention Action, said the judgment marked an “important first step in putting right a mass wrong”.
“Just because the Home Office has managed to unlawfully remove people years ago doesn’t mean it has extinguished their rights. Our independent judiciary will rightly use its discretion to remedy injustice, including ordering that banished asylum seekers are returned,” she said.
“Just as with the victims of the Windrush scandal that followed, many thousands may have been unlawfully and wrongfully removed.”
And with a stroke of a pen, we can now expect a tsunami of bogus "refugees" landing on our shores claiming to be persecuted and in need of asylum because of their sexual orientation.