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Dealing with refugees: London: Asylum law pushes the limits of international law

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“Signal (…) that anyone entering this country illegally will be sent away”: Great Britain is pushing ahead with tightening its asylum law. Well in the knowledge that the plan could end up in court.

With its planned tightening of asylum laws, the British government wants to push the limits of international law. “We have pushed the limits of international law to solve this crisis,” said British Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who wanted to introduce the law into the London House of Commons on Tuesday, in an interview with the “Telegraph”.

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In concrete terms, almost all migrants arriving illegally are to be held in accommodation such as military bases or student dormitories and then expelled to Rwanda or other countries. The right to apply for asylum should be taken away from them.

“Enough is enough,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote in a guest article in The Sun. “This law will send a clear signal that anyone entering this country illegally will be turned away.”

Hardly any legal ways into the country

In fact, with few exceptions, there are hardly any legal routes into the country for people fleeing to the UK. According to The Times, the government should expect the plan to end up in court, the paper said, citing government sources.

Britain has already signed a controversial pact with Rwanda and paid the country £140m (currently around €156m) for it. Migrants should apply for asylum in Rwanda and – if granted – be able to live there. A return to Great Britain is not planned. Since the European Court of Human Rights intervened, there have not yet been any deportation flights from Great Britain to Rwanda.

There is sharp criticism from the opposition and human rights activists: Great Britain has betrayed its obligation under the UN Refugee Convention to grant people a fair hearing, regardless of their route of arrival, the British Refugee Council criticized. Labor leader Keir Starmer questioned whether the plans would be legal.

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Source: Stern

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