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The UK's exportation of asylum obligations to Rwanda: a challenge to mental health, ethics and the law.

Sen, Piyal; Crowley, Grace; Arnell, Paul; Katona, Cornelius; Pillay, Mishka; Waterman, Lauren Z.; Forrester, Andrew


Piyal Sen

Grace Crowley

Cornelius Katona

Mishka Pillay

Lauren Z. Waterman

Andrew Forrester


The United Kingdom government has made a concerted decision to ramp up its 'hostile environment' policy towards asylum seekers and refugees. The original policy took the form of 'a package of measures designed to make life so difficult for individuals without permission to remain in the UK that they will not seek to enter the UK to begin with or if already present will leave voluntarily'. The Nationality and Borders Act provides a new legislative framework for issues relating to nationality, asylum and immigration which makes asylum claims less likely to succeed and limits the rights available to many of those whose claims are successful. Critics of the policy have raised serious moral and ethical concerns relevant to both health and legal professionals. In addition, it appears that it will fail to deter those planning to make risky journeys to the UK for protection, as the government has argued in justification.


SEN, P., CROWLEY, G., ARNELL, P., KATONA, C., PILLAY, M., WATERMAN, L.Z. and FORRESTER, A. 2022. The UK's exportation of asylum obligations to Rwanda: a challenge to mental health, ethics and the law. Medicine, science and the law, 62(3), pages 165-167. Available from:

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Jun 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 14, 2022
Publication Date Jul 31, 2022
Deposit Date Jun 21, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 21, 2022
Journal Medicine, Science and the Law
Print ISSN 0025-8024
Electronic ISSN 2042-1818
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 3
Pages 165-167
Keywords Asylum seekers; Refugees; Policy; United Kingdom; Rwanda; Legislation
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