Response to the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act, 2024

Tuesday 7 May 2024

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to be a place that welcomes and values the contribution of refugees, migrants and those seeking sanctuary.

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Adults' Social Care said:

We are shocked and deeply concerned about recent reports of Government ‘roundups’ of those facing deportation to Rwanda under what we believe is an inhumane policy. 

Instead of punishing people who’ve already been through so much, we need compassionate and protection-focused policies. As a Borough of Sanctuary, we have a long history of welcoming people fleeing violence and persecution. We will not turn our back on people who need our help. 

This week, we are writing to community organisations across the borough to sign the pledge to support those who seek sanctuary in our communities and join us in supporting the work of City of Sanctuary network. 

The following information and advice has been provided by the City of Sanctuary Network, for those who are affected by the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act, 2024:   

If you are detained, you can contact these numbers for legal advice: 

  • Detention Action: 0800 587 2096 
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees: 020 7456 9750 (Mon to Thurs 10-12) 
  • Care4Calais Rwanda: 07519 773268 
  • Care4Calais Detention: 0800 009 6268 
  • Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group: 0800 389 4367 
  • Joint Council for Welfare of Immigrants: 0800 160 1004 

If you are told you will be deported to Rwanda, you can appeal this decision.  You can contact: 

  • Wilson Solicitors LLP: 0208 808 7535 
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors: 033 3772 0409 

Further information can be found here: 

What we know about the Rwanda Act and Treaty so far – Right to Remain