UK court allows appeal over Rwanda migrant plan

STORY: Britain's plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is heading to the Court of Appeal.

The High Court in London ruled on Monday (January 16) that a group of asylum seekers could appeal after it said the scheme was lawful last month.

The government policy has been denounced by rights groups.

It would involve Britain sending tens of thousands of migrants who arrive on its shores more than 4,000 miles away.

The first planned deportation flight to Rwanda was blocked in June last year by a last minute European Court of Human Rights ruling.

It imposed an injunction preventing any deportations until the conclusion of legal action in the UK.

Migration has often dominated Britain's political discourse and is likely to feature heavily in campaigns for the next national election, expected in 2024.

Figures showed more than 40,000 - a record number - crossed from France last year including those from Iran and Afghanistan.

On Monday, claimants were granted permission to appeal on various grounds.

That includes whether the High Court was wrong to decide the Rwanda removal policy was not "systematically unfair" and if assurances from Rwanda about conditions for asylum seekers can be relied upon.