Britain to publish plan for asylum ban on Channel migrants
Britain’s government will announce on Tuesday (7 March) plans for a new law barring those entering the country through unofficial routes from claiming asylum, in a bid to stop tens of thousands of migrants arriving on its shores in small boats.
The new legislation will mean that anyone who arrives on small boats will be prevented from claiming asylum and deported to so-called safe third countries, according to government officials, who asked not to be named.
The Refugee Council charity said tens of thousands of genuine refugees who would previously have been granted asylum would be “locked up like criminals” under the plans, which would “shatter” Britain’s commitments under the UN refugee convention.
Controlling immigration was the third-most important issue for voters after the economy and the running of the health service, polling by YouGov in November found. The poll found 87% of the public thought the government was handling the issue badly.
Ministers ‘undeterred’ by human rights court block on Rwanda asylum flights
UK ministers insist that they will press ahead with plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda as part of a £120 million deal, despite the first flight to east Africa being cancelled on Tuesday following a last-minute intervention by the …