The High Court judge ruled that the preclearance checks were legal under international law and were no more or less objectionable than a visa control system even though they clearly stopped mainly Czech Roma people from boarding flights to the UK to claim asylum. Welcoming the judgement, the Home Office said that it was planning to extend the system of screening by UK immigration officers at point of departure airports to other Eastern European countries.
In the House of Lords the Government's proposals for large centres for refugees in country areas was defeated. Several speakers said that to put traumatised and frightened asylumseekers in remote locations would create problems for local residents as well as for the immigrants themselves.
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