NOS News•Tuesday, 22:58•Amended yesterday, 06:20
The British Home Secretary announced on the third day of the Conservative Party congress that he would further tighten asylum policy. The intention is that no one who enters the country illegally should be allowed to apply for asylum. “If you enter our country illegally from a safe country, you should be sent back to your own country or deported to Rwanda,” said Minister Braverman.
In her own words, she wants to put a definitive end to boat migrants crossing the Channel, something her predecessors were already aiming for. Anyone entering the country via that route will be deported inexorably, she says. She also reiterated a previous aim of her party to reduce the number of people migrating to the UK to “tens of thousands” from the current figure of 239,000.
The right to request asylum is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Rwanda Plan
Earlier, the new minister admitted to The Telegraph that it is her “dream” and “obsession” to deport migrants to Rwanda. At the conference she expressed her ambition to have the first flights to Rwanda depart before Christmas.
The plan for flights to Rwanda comes from the previous government (under Boris Johnson) and was approved by former minister Priti Patel. defended to the bone. The Johnson administration hoped it would deter migrants. The new minister wants to continue the controversial plan of her predecessor Patel.
Braverman previously acknowledged that the Rwanda plan “will be a long time coming” due to legal obstacles. The first flight, which should have departed last June, was canceled at the last minute stopped by the European Court of Human Rights.
Although the UK is no longer part of the European Union, it is still bound by such regulations. Braverman wants to get rid of that in the future, as do many other members of the Tories.
More patrols on the Channel
In the meantime, Braverman wants to increase the number of patrols on the stretch of sea between France and England, to intercept boats.
According to the BBC, some 33,500 people have crossed the Channel since the beginning of this year. That is more than in all of 2021. This mainly concerned migrants from Albania, Iran and Afghanistan. The number may rise to 60,000 people this year.
Charitable organization Care4Calais has reacted with horror to the plans to Reuters news agency. According to the organization, most migrants coming to the UK are refugees.
Yesterday the party congress in Birmingham also led to news. Then Prime Minister Truss and her Finance Minister Kwarteng announced that the most controversial part of the new economic plans was being scrapped.
The government decided to refrain from lowering the tax for the highest incomes anyway. The plan had caused panic in the financial markets the week before and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had warned not to let the tax cut go through.