UK Home Office Charters First Deportation Flight to Vietnam

Charities and human rights activists have raised their concerns after a decision of the United Kingdom Home Office will charter its first-ever deportation flight to Vietnam. 

William Neal, detention outreach officer with Jesuit Refugee Service UK said that they have often seen how charter flights are used to enforce total expulsion without adequate legal investigation and proper consideration of the human impact of expulsion.

“We support individuals facing relocation on charter flights and see the fear and uncertainty this can cause,” Neal added. 

The ticket issued by the Home Office to a Vietnamese citizen booked on tomorrow’s flight stated that they have been the subject of an eviction notice.

“You are the subject of an eviction notice … Instructions have now been issued for your removal from the UK with a direct flight to Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi., Vietnam on April 21, 2021,” it read.

The deportation flight was due to depart on Wednesday, however, it was not clear why the government decided to remove the Vietnamese people at a time when deportation was at historically low levels due to the epidemic.

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