The United Kingdom (UK) was Tuesday forced to cancel a first flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda.
The number of those due to be put on the flight had reduced from an original 130 to seven on Tuesday after a last-minute ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was disappointed that “legal challenge and last-minute claims” meant the plane did not take off but vowed to pursue the heavily criticised policy.
The ECHR ruling said at least one of the asylum seekers should stay in Britain as there were no guarantees for his legal future in Rwanda.
The ECHR issued an urgent interim measure to prevent the deportation of an Iraqi man booked on the flight as he may have been tortured and his asylum application was not completed.
News agency, AFP, reports that the Strasbourg-based court said the expulsion should wait until British courts have taken a final decision on the legality of the policy, set for July.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss had insisted the Kigali-bound plane would leave, no matter how many people were on board.
Truss said the policy, which the UN refugee agency has criticised as “all wrong”, was vital to break up human-trafficking gangs exploiting vulnerable migrants.
More than 10 000 have crossed the dangerous Channel crossing from northern France since the start of the year.
Deported asylum seekers will be put up in the Hope Hostel, which was built in 2014 to give refuge to orphans from the 1994 genocide of around 800,000 mainly ethnic Tutsis.
Hostel manager Ismael Bakina said up to 100 migrants can be accommodated at a rate of $65 per person a day.
Rwanda has rejected criticism that Rwanda is not a safe country and that serious human rights abuses were rife.
But Rwandan opposition parties have questioned whether the resettlement scheme will work given high youth unemployment rates.