The British government wants to crack down on illegal immigration with significantly tighter asylum laws. Under the draft law introduced on Tuesday, migrants entering the country through the English Channel would be denied the right to apply for asylum.
They will be held in special centers for up to 28 days and then deported. Except for children and the sick. These plans violate the European Convention on Human Rights.
“Trouble Can’t Bear Anymore”
“Boats bringing tens of thousands of people to our shores will be stopped,” British Home Secretary Suella Braverman said. Because: “In the coming years, industrialized countries are under unprecedented pressure as more people flee developing countries to countries like the UK.
If we don’t act today, the problem will get worse tomorrow, and the problem is already unsustainable.
Building safe humanitarian corridors
London’s plans have sparked consternation among opposition parties and refugee organisations. It is unethical. And the government is taking the wrong approach, says Nick Beales of Essex and London’s Refugee and Migrant Forum.
“If the government is really going to try to solve these problems, it needs to focus on creating safe and humanitarian ways for people to get to the UK.
And he should focus on clearing the asylum backlog and start processing applications from people from countries where he is almost certain to get refugee status in the UK.”
The UK government itself has admitted that the law may breach the UK’s Human Rights Act and is preparing for legal challenges. It may take a few months for the law to take effect. Opposition is expected in the House of Lords.
Next stop Rwanda?
Britain has already signed a controversial deal with Rwanda and paid the country £140m (currently around €156m) for it.
Migrants must apply for asylum in Rwanda and – if granted – live there. A return to Great Britain is not planned. Since the European Court of Human Rights intervened, there have been no deportation flights from Great Britain to Rwanda.
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