The Nationality and Borders Bill, which receives its second reading in parliament on Monday, includes provisions for those who have fled danger to seek asylum in Britain, be arrested at sea and have a valid entry. To come without sanction should be tried under a new offense.
Under the proposed new law, thousands of people could face up to four years in prison for the crime – a sentence that refugee council It has been calculated that it will cost an estimated £412m a year.
The charity found that the cost of imprisoning people seeking asylum is five times higher than adjusting them to the asylum aid system.
Shadow Immigration Minister Bambos Charalambas said: “This is a staggering amount the government will spend to detain people seeking protection.
“Instead of investing in making asylum systems more efficient and fair, the government is wasting money punishing those who need help.”
The Nationality and Borders Bill, if passed, would enable immigration officials to intercept ships in British waters and take them to foreign ports – a controversial practice known as “pushback”.
And it would enable the Home Office to send asylum seekers overseas while their claims are processed, which bears hallmark parallels to offshore policies. introduced in australia in 2013. Rwanda, Ascension Island and Gibraltar have been mooted as potential offshore locations.
Priti PatelThe new scheme for immigration, which the bill seeks to make possible, would see asylum seekers who come to the UK through unauthorized means – around 60 per cent – denied permanent protection and instead routinely be assessed for removal.
New polling by the Refugee Council and think tank British Future shows that the new law is in conflict with the public’s view of how the government should respond to refugees.
Polls conducted by the ICM found that three out of five Britons (58 per cent) agree that the asylum system needs reform, but any reform must keep the basic principle that those in need of protection should get it. Only one in eight (13 percent) disagreed.
It also found that more than half of Britons (52 per cent) agree that everyone seeking asylum should get a fair trial for their claim, not just how they got to the UK. Only one in five (22 percent) disagree.
Refugee Council chief executive Enver Solomon said that treating people risking their lives for safety in Britain as criminals is “not only a great waste of taxpayers’ money, but a cruel, cruel and cold-hearted There is also the response of this government”.
“For generations, conservative prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Theresa May, have given a fair trial on our soil to those fleeing war, terror and persecution. Global Britain must no longer turn its back on these British values of fairness and compassion.”
A Home Office spokesman said its new plan for immigration would “fix the broken asylum system” and that the bill would target “ruthless criminal gangs that put lives at risk by smuggling people across the Channel”.
“Instead of allowing people to come here through dangerous journeys with the UK as their preferred destination, we are looking for safe and legal routes to prevent abuse of the system, illegal entry and associated criminality,” he said. Will welcome people through the medium.” .