The United Kingdom has changed immigration rules to prevent people who have passed through safe nations claiming asylum in the United Kingdom.
From 1 January, claims of asylum from a person who has travelled through or has a connection to a safe third country, including those coming from EU member states, will be treated as inadmissible.
The changes are also set to see migrants unable to make an asylum claim while in British territorial waters.
HM’s government will be able to remove rejected asylum seekers not only to the third countries through which they have travelled, but to any safe third country that may agree to receive them.
The 10-page document outlining the new changes to the rules was published online.
Numbers of small boats crossing the channel keep arriving and has surged to record high levels in 2020 with more than 8,000 migrants illegally travelling across the Dover Strait, compared with less than 2,000 in 2019.
Immigration compliance minister, Chris Philp. He said: “We are determined to fix the broken asylum system to make it firm on those who come here through illegally facilitated routes and fair on those who play by the rules. There is no reason to leave a safe country like France to make a dangerous crossing. These measures send a clear message and are just one of the steps the government is taking to tackle the unacceptable rise in small boat crossings.”
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