British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Tuesday that UK’s new legislation, which will be introduced early next year, will revoke the right of anyone who enter the country illegally to remain in the UK.
Rishi Sunak has pledged to enact new legislation to combat illegal immigration, declaring that anyone entering the UK illegally will not be permitted to remain.
Sunak stated in the House of Commons on Tuesday, December 13, that the recently announced policies will “deliver on our promise to tackle illegal immigration.”
Sunak’s announcement follows weeks of criticism vis- à-vis the rise in small boats entering English coastlines from France through the English Channel.
According to Sunak, anyone who is expelled because they enter the UK “illegally” will no longer be eligible to apply for asylum in the UK from abroad.
He also announced a new agreement with Albania to hasten the return of Albanian asylum seekers, who account for a third of those coming to the UK in small boats.
The contentious UK plan for Rwanda, which has drawn sharp criticism from human rights organizations, was also underlined.
Sunak also revealed the establishment of the “dedicated and unified” Small Boats Command Center, which is said to combine UK military and civilian resources for a coordinated response to information gathering, processing, and enforcement.