- PPI Web Desk
London: During the past weekend, 315 refugees crossed the English Channel illegally, making it a total of 5,676 people in 2021. The rising number of people taking such risky and illegal trips has been an increasing problem in England during the last couple of months and demands a complete overhaul of UK’s immigration system.
The Conservative Home Secretary Priti Patel hopes that new laws will be introduced next week, which enable the UK government to send asylum seekers to camps outside of UK and Europe for further proceedings. For the first time in British history, the Nationality and Border Bill will include a provision to build immigration processing centres for asylum seekers outside the UK, for example in Africa. This is seen as the biggest overhaul of Britain’s asylum system in decades.
It will have consequences for migrants arriving illegally in Britain. Their status will be downgraded automatically after arrival, permitting them only a temporary stay and access to benefits will be denied.
Last month, Denmark passed a similar law to process asylum seekers outside of Europe and is planning on setting up a centre for asylum seekers in Rwanda. Two Danish ministers signed a memorandum on asylum and migration with Rwanda.
UK is holding discussion with the Danish government over the implementation process of the new laws in Denmark. The new laws have to be managed domestically and negotiations with third countries are required. Both countries are looking into the “potential” of sharing a processing centre for asylum seekers in Africa.
The British Home Office is also looking into Australian migration policies. The Australian authorities are redirecting asylum seekers travelling by sea to offshore immigration centres in neighboring countries like Papua New Guinea.
This new legislation in development aims to discourage migrants from undertaking dangerous trips in unsafe boats to the UK and to destroy the profitable business of smuggling gangs.