British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a new plan on Tuesday to crack down on thousands of migrants arriving in the country in small boats across the English Channel – an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England from northern France. Issuing a warning, he said those who entered the UK illegally would not be allowed to claim asylum.
In a tweet, Sunak said, “If you come here illegally, you cannot claim asylum. You cannot benefit from our modern slavery protections. You cannot make false claims of human rights and you cannot stay.” Can.”
“We will detain those who are here illegally and then deport them within weeks, either to their own country if it is safe to do so. Or in a safe third country like Rwanda and once you are removed, you will be banned as you are re-entering our country in the US and Australia,” he said.
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The bill calls for people arriving by boat to be detained for 28 days and then deported, with the exception of children who are medically unfit to fly and people at risk of serious harm, and There are limited grounds for appeal. Migrant victims of human trafficking will be barred from using Britain’s modern slavery laws to prevent deportation.
The UK has a lower number of asylum seekers than some European countries such as Italy, Germany or France. But thousands of migrants from around the world travel to northern France each year in the hope of reaching Britain, attracted by family ties, the English language or the perceived ease of finding jobs.
Rights groups and opposition parties have criticized the new law, saying the plan is unworkable and unfairly scapegoats vulnerable refugees.
More than 45,000 people will arrive by boat in 2022, 28,000 in 2021 and more than 8,500 in 2020, news agency AP reported.