The Home Secretary Priti Patel has laid out a new government immigration plan, promising a “firm but fair” approach that will help “break the life-threatening business of criminal people smugglers.”
The rules overhaul will see the government make it harder for those who reach the UK illegally to claim asylum, and will also make it easier for the government to boot out foreign criminals and failed asylum claimants.
Analysis by this site at the end of last month suggested that Britain was currently on course for a record-breaking thirteen and a half thousand migrants arriving illegally by small boat this year – and that’s following an eye-watering 2020 which saw records broken once already.
Patel says the new policies will be based on three key aims: to help genuine refugees reach Britain by safe and legal routes, to break-up people smuggling gangs, and “to make it easier to remove illegal arrivals with no right to be here.”
Among the policies are new plans to “speed up removals of failed asylum seekers and dangerous foreign criminals”, to impose maximum life sentences on people smuggling scum, and to stop illegals from immediately entering Britain’s asylum system if they crossed through a safe country like France.
In addition to the tough new measures, which also include new powers for Border Force and newly increased punishments for illegal entry, the government also wants to provide resettled legitimate refugees with indefinite leave to remain and better integrate them into British communities.
But the measures fall short of those adopted by the left-leaning government of Denmark, who are responding to constant political pressure from the populist Danish People’s Party.
That administration has already declared that it is safe for Syrian asylum seekers to return to Damascus, stripping 94 migrants of their temporary residence permits.
And they’ve also unveiled new measures to crack down on migrant ghettos, with new laws that will ensure every neighbourhood in the country has a western majority.
The pressure for a tougher line in asylum seekers and illegal aliens has been growing for months, with Brits being sickened by reports of lawlessness at the Napier Barracks migrant camp in Kent.
The camp saw allegations of sexual harassment, knife frenzies that terrorised staff, and a series of outrageous resident protests that sparked a huge coronavirus outbreak before the camp was torched – although 13 migrants arrested in connection to the apparent arson attack have since been released without charge.