World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 31 Mar, 2021 23:15 am

UK’s “New Plan for Immigration”—a fundamental assault on the right to asylum

UK’s “New Plan for Immigration”—a fundamental assault on the right to asylum
In an overturning of established international law, applications for asylum will be routinely rejected through the strict application of a “safe third country” rule, meaning any refugee passing through what is deemed to be such a country is automatically “considered inadmissible to the UK’s asylum system” and will be rapidly returned.

In future, a right to stay will usually only be given to those refugees and asylum seekers who apply for “resettlement” to the UK through the official process.45 million, the number of asylum seekers almost doubled, from 2.04 percent of global refugees, displaced persons, and asylum seekers!The proposals have been harshly criticised by those responsible for upholding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), British Red Cross and the Refugee Council.

The 1951 Refugee Convention did not “oblige asylum seekers to apply in the first safe country they encounter”, a spokesman for the UNHCR said.An investigation by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, led to him describing former military bases such as Penally Camp and Napier Barracks used to house asylum seekers as “filthy”, “impoverished” and “run down”.

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