The move is part of Rishi Sunak’s pledge to “tackle illegal migration”
A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vessel, following a small boat incident in the Channel. Picture date: Wednesday January 25, 2023 © Getty Images / Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images
Rishi Sunak’s Conservative government in the United Kingdom is set to announce a new law that would stop people who enter the country on small boats from claiming asylum. The legislation, which will be launched this week, comes as part of the government’s pledge to “tackle illegal migration.”
“Illegal migration is not fair on British taxpayers, it is not fair on those who come here legally and it is not right that criminal gangs should be allowed to continue their immoral trade,” Sunak said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday. “So, make no mistake, if you come here illegally, you will not be able to stay.”
Provisionally titled the Illegal Migration Bill, the new law will seek to make asylum claims by people who enter the country with the use of small vessels inadmissible by British law. Such migrants would be removed from the UK “as soon as reasonably practicable” to Rwanda or to a “safe third country.” Asylum seekers who violate the law will also be banned from returning to the UK.