The head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, condemned Britain’s plans to send a first flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda on Tuesday, saying the policy set a catastrophic precedent.
He said other countries who took in far more asylum seekers than Britain could decide to follow its example.
Courts in London have rejected two last-minute challenges to the new policy.
The British government argues that the move is designed to deter people-trafficking, but there’s been widespread criticism by opposition parties and rights groups.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Home Office.