UK seeks to criminalize Channel crossings

Following the introduction, in early 2021, of a one-digit migration system ending the free movement of Europeans in the United Kingdom after Brexit, the Home Office (British Home Office) published on Tuesday 6 July, the second to complete the mechanism target of the bill “back control” from the borders of the country. Already very controversial, the Nationality and Boundary Bill aims to criminalize channel crossings in small boatDespite the danger, these inflatable boats are used more and more. It also opens the way for the deportation of asylum seekers outside the national territory while they assess their requests.

In 2020, about 8,500 people were intercepted, up from 1,800 in 2019, according to the Home Office.

According to the report, since the beginning of the year, more than 6,600 migrants have reached the Kent Coast (in the Dover area), being rescued or intercepted by the British Coast Guard. times, Despite the pandemic and bad weather. These figures are modest compared to other European countries – Italy welcomed around 34,000 seafarers, Spain welcomed 40,000 in 2020, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. But they have increased greatly: In 2020, according to the Home Office, about 8,500 people were stopped trying to illegally enter the UK by boat, up from 1,800 in 2019.

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“For too long, our asylum system has taken advantage of a completely broken system to loose pockets of hate smuggling gangs. This is unfair to vulnerable people who really need protection and to UK citizens who are paying for the system. It’s time to act”, Home Secretary Priti Patel, an early Brexiter who is on the far right of the Conservative Party, said on Tuesday.

The text of the law affirms a different treatment for asylum seekers who have made their request within the framework of official “relocation plans” who enter the country illegally: the latter being family reunification or family relocation. Look at your rights of reunification. for crop assistance. Even if their request is accepted, the Home Office will only grant them temporary status.

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Lessons also increase the prison sentence from six months to four years. “Illegal Access” in country. London also empowers itself to prohibit the issuance of visas to countries that refuse to cooperate in accepting the return of citizens who are denied asylum. and give coast guards more powers to push migrant boats back to the French coast, “Subject to an agreement with France”. Finally, asylum seekers can be taken out of the country while their requests are being investigated, paving the way for “offshore” refugee centers. times In late June it was said that London was in talks with Denmark to share a center for asylum seekers in Rwanda.

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