The government confirms the immigration review in the Queen’s speech

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Queen’s speech: Immigration revision blocks asylum for people who have traveled through ‘safe’ countries like France and Belgium, while ministers try to deter channel crossings

  • The government has unveiled legislation to overhaul the UK’s immigration system
  • Migrants who have passed through a ‘safe’ country cannot apply for asylum
  • When you wake up, migrants arriving illegally will be treated differently from legal arrivals

Migrants who have traveled through a ‘safe’ country such as France or Belgium on their way to the UK cannot apply for asylum in Great Britain.

The government today confirmed a major overhaul of the country’s immigration system, as it outlined in the Queen’s speech.

The changes will mean that migrants who ‘passed through a safe country where they could reasonably have applied for asylum … will not be admitted to the UK asylum system’.

Legal arrivals and illegal arrivals will be treated differently for the first time, so the system ‘does not reward those who enter the UK illegally’.

The turmoil is also streamlining the asylum system, creating a ‘one-stop’ process designed to ‘end the cycle of boundless calls’.

The government today confirmed a major overhaul of the country’s immigration system, as it outlined in the Queen’s speech. A Border Force ship is depicted in Dover on April 28

Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled the government's 'new immigration plan' in March this year

Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled the government’s ‘new immigration plan’ in March this year

The government hopes to deter illegal arrivals in the UK - particularly from dangerous small boat crossings in the canal.  Pictured is a depiction of boats used by people believed to be migrants stored in a warehouse in Dover after being intercepted by Border Force in the Channel

The government hopes to deter illegal arrivals in the UK – particularly from dangerous small boat crossings in the canal. Pictured is a depiction of boats used by people believed to be migrants stored in a warehouse in Dover after being intercepted by Border Force in the Channel

No right to settle under Priti Priti’s asylum attacks

  • Migrants arriving in the UK illegally no longer have the right to settle here permanently, even if they have a strong asylum application.
  • Anyone arriving illegally after passing through a ‘safe country’ is considered ‘inadmissible’ to the UK asylum system.
  • The government will strive for ‘prompt removal’ of ‘inadmissible cases’ back to the country from which they traveled to the UK.
  • Those who cannot be returned to a safe country are granted ‘temporary protection status’ for 30 months, with only limited access to benefits and limited rights to family reunification.
  • The government’s asylum holdings will be expanded with the creation of new housing shelters while applications are being processed.
  • Measures to improve age assessment measures to protect against adults who claim to be children.
  • A new one-stop claims process where people must define all protection-related issues at once to avoid last-minute legal bids to thwart the removal of rejected asylum seekers.
  • Maximum sentence for smugglers of up to life, and up to five years for foreign criminals returning to the UK in violation of deportation orders.
  • New humanitarian routes for the ‘vulnerable’ in ‘imminent danger’.

The government’s so-called ‘new immigration plan’ was unveiled in March this year by Interior Minister Priti Patel.

It will mean migrants arriving in the UK illegally no longer have the right to settle here permanently, even if they have a strong asylum application.

Anyone arriving illegally through a ‘safe’ country is considered ‘inadmissible’ to the UK asylum system.

The government will strive for ‘prompt removal’ of ‘inadmissible cases’ back to the country from which they traveled to the UK.

Those who cannot be returned to a ‘safe’ country are granted ‘temporary protection status’ for 30 months, with only limited access to benefits and limited rights to family reunification.

The government said in the Queen’s speech that the changes will “ create a fairer immigration system that strengthens the UK’s borders and deters criminals from enabling dangerous and illegal travel. ”

Ministers believe that the review will “increase the fairness and effectiveness of our system, so that we can better protect and support those who really need asylum”.

The government hopes to deter illegal arrivals in the UK – particularly from dangerous small boat canal crossings – which will then ‘break the business model of criminal smuggling networks and protect the lives of those who put them in danger’.

The ‘new plan for immigration’ has been labeled by ministers as ‘the most important overhaul of our asylum system in decades’.

The government said more than 16,000 illegal arrivals had been detected in the UK in 2019. About 62 percent of asylum seekers in 2019 had entered the UK illegally.

Asylum applications in 2019 are up 21 percent from the previous year to nearly 36,000, the highest number since the European migration crisis in 2015/16

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