United Kingdom to announce biggest asylum overhaul ‘in decades’

In a statement, she told the Commons: "The Government has taken back control of legal immigration by ending free movement and introducing a points-based immigration system".

"We are now addressing the challenge of illegal migration head-on".

She said the changes would make it harder for people to enter Britain illegally from a European Union country and then claim asylum.

In what the government calls the biggest overhaul of the asylum system in decades, the "New Plan for Immigration" sets out a plan to resettle refugees at urgent risk more quickly while making it more hard for those arriving illegally.

"We are building a new asylum system which is fair but firm, which will offer protection to those in genuine need through official routes while cracking down on those who enter the United Kingdom illegally and the abhorrent gangs who enable it".

The Government wants to change the law so it can keep the option of offshore processing for asylum seekers "open", details of its new immigration plan confirm.

Ms Patel insisted she would work with the Red Cross and other organisations to create "safe and legal routes".

Roughly 8,500 people arrived in Britain having made the perilous crossing of the Channel in small boats previous year.

The figure is the highest daily number so far this year, and is just under the total in the whole of March 2020 when 187 people made the crossing.

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Access to benefits and family reunion rights could be limited while the appeals and judicial process will be reformed to "speed up" removals for those whose claims are refused.

Tougher laws will be introduced to "withhold protection and remove unsafe criminals, even when they improperly claim to be victims of modern slavery", the Home Office said.

"Profiteering from illegal migration to Britain will no longer be worth the risk, with new maximum life sentences for people smugglers".

The measures "will do next to nothing to stop people making unsafe crossings and they risk withdrawing support from desperate people", he said.

On Sunday, immigration minister Chris Philp said: "These unsafe crossings are facilitated by serious organised criminals exploiting people and profiting from human misery".

"I'm introducing the most significant overhaul of our asylum system in decades, a new comprehensive, fair but firm long-term plan".

"I would say, however, that she is not the first Home Secretary to try to do that, I mean people were doing it long before I tried to do that, and I'm anxious about some of her initiatives because although she wants to wish the outcome, which is ending human trafficking, the means which she has, she hasn't really achieved".

Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council, accused the Government of "seeking to unjustly differentiate between the deserving and undeserving refugee by choosing to provide protection for those fleeing war and terror based on how they travel to the UK" and claimed the plans could undermine the country's traditions of providing protection for people "regardless of how they have managed to find their way to our shores".

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