Today, Home Secretary Priti Patel set out the Governments plan to curb illegal immigration into Britain.
In today’s announcement, Priti said: “Access to UK’s asylum system should be based on need, not the ability to pay people smugglers.”
Priti then cracked down hard on those who have come to Britain illegally to claim asylum while passing through safe countries.
Prit said: “If you enter illegally from a safe country like France, where you should and could have claimed asylum, you are not seeking refuge from persecution”.
The Home Secretary then broke down the extent of how many of the illegal migrants that came to Britain illegally were men.
Priti asked the question that we all think, “where are the vulnerable women and children that this system should exist to protect.?”
Priti said: “There were more than 32,000 attempts to enter the UK illegally in 2019 with eight and a half thousand people arrive in by small boat In 2020. Of those, 87% were men, 74% were aged between 18 and 39.”
“We should ask ourselves, where are the vulnerable women and children that this system should exist to protect.”
Priti said that people’s claim for asylum would also be impacted by how they came to the UK for the first time.
“We must act to reduce the pull factors of our system and disincentivize legal entry for the first time where the people enter the UK legally or illegally will have an impact on how their asylum claim progresses and on their status in the UK.”
What the Home Secretary said in her speech today was exactly what we wanted to hear, but again will the government’s words mean action on the ground? We will have to wait and see.
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