Suella Braverman's refugee plan is illegal. The UK will implement it anyway
Refugee organisations have balked at new proposals by the British government to ban refugees who cross the English Channel from seeking asylum.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman set out the new plans at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday in a bid to cut down the number of migrants taking the dangerous journey from France.
"If you deliberately enter the United Kingdom illegally from a safe country, you should be swiftly returned to your home country or relocated to Rwanda. That is where your asylum claim will be considered," she said in her speech.
"UK policy on illegal migration should not be derailed by abuse of our modern slavery laws, Labour’s Human Rights Act, or orders of the Strasbourg Court."
She said she would overhaul the Modern Slavery Act to prevent asylum seekers claiming to be victims in order to prevent deportation.
A violation of international law?
Legal travel near impossible
"Unless the reason for seeking asylum arises after a person’s arrival in the UK, according to NABA, it is now near impossible to enter the UK ‘legally’ with a view to claiming asylum," she explained.
"Most people arrive clandestinely, via lorry or small boat, or by using a false passport - which the Refugee Convention pardons in many circumstances, but NABA has curbed in the UK - because most people are fleeing danger."
Sohege said that the new policy, much like those previously implemented by Patel, had little to do with protecting migrants.
"It is a policy designed to stoke outrage in its inhumanity and illegality, not to be a practical means by which to reduce Channel crossings, which would require a focus on providing safer routes and simpler access to the UK asylum system," he said.