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UK proposes new law to curb illegal immigration

New Immigration bill States that the Home Secretary will be responsible for removing anyone who enters the UK illegally.

Immigration through Boat. Image - Lowy Institute

The UK has released details of a new immigration law barring the entry of asylum seekers to the UK in small boats; the proposed law is one of the five promises made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to the British people.

‘Stop the Boats’ or the Illegal Migration Bill will remove the incentive for people to risk their lives through these dangerous and unnecessary journeys and pull the rug from under the criminal gangs profiting from this misery once and for all, argued the UK government in favour of the bill.

Making the government stand clear on the introduced bill to British Parliament, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said, "It has to stop. By bringing in new laws, I am making it clear that the only route to the UK is a safe and legal route. If you come here illegally, you won’t be able to claim asylum or build a life here."

“You will not be allowed to stay. You will be returned home safe, or to a safe third country like Rwanda. It’s the only way to prevent people from risking their lives and paying criminals thousands of pounds to get here,” the Indian-origin minister cautioned.

According to an official release, the proposed Bill forms part of the action the UK government is taking to stop small boat crossings and illegal migration as a whole. The Bill stipulates that the Home Secretary will have a legal duty to remove people who have entered the UK illegally.

Additionally, the bill explains detention and bail, unaccompanied children, entry, citizenship and settlement, asylum, modern slavery, and legal proceedings, the list of countries considered safe, and the annual number of people using safe and legal routes.