“Illegal immigration is not fair to British taxpayers, it’s not fair to those who come here legally, and it’s not right for criminal gangs to continue their immoral business,” Sunak told the Mail on Sunday on Sunday. “So sorry if you come here illegally. You can’t stay.” said.
The new law, tentatively called the Illegal Immigration Bill, will seek to make asylum claims by people entering the country using small vessels inadmissible under British law.
Such immigrants will be taken from the UK to Rwanda or a “safe third country” “as soon as reasonably practicable”.
Asylum seekers who violate the law will also be banned from returning to the UK.
The Rwandan plan that the UK government failed to implement
The UK and Rwanda have agreed on a five-year ‘asylum partnership arrangement’ in which asylum seekers will be allowed to seek asylum in the African country in 2022.
However, attempts by the UK government to deport people to Rwanda have so far been blocked by the courts.
Human rights defenders also heavily criticized the plan.
Asylum seekers who want to enter the UK have rights protected by the UN’s Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights.
According to Mail on Sunday, the Illegal Immigration Bill would have a “rights violation” that would effectively circumvent the UN’s refugee convention.
More than 160,000 migrants in the UK are awaiting decisions on their asylum application, and a fifth of applicants are from Albania.