2022 – Electronic tagging of people arriving in the UK by small boat | Immigration and Asylum

Refugee rights activists have described the Ministry of Interior’s new electronic identification system for asylum seekers as “appalling” and said people fleeing conflict and persecution are treated as criminals.

Some people arriving in the UK in small boats or backs of trucks will be electronically tagged as part of a 12-month pilot program that began on Wednesday.

Critics say the “brutal” move will not stop people from making perilous journeys to reach the UK in search of asylum.

Boris Johnson defended the plans on Saturday morning, saying it was important that people not only “disappear” to the rest of the country.

Under the plans, asylum seekers must regularly inform authorities in person and may be subject to a curfew or ban from some locations, while failure to do so could result in their detention or prosecution.

Enver Solomon, CEO of the Refugee Council, said: “It is appalling that this government intends to treat the men, women and children who have fled war, bloodshed and persecution as criminals.

“This harsh and punitive approach not only shows no sympathy for extremely vulnerable people; it will do nothing to deter those most in need of safety in the UK.”

“This is a very generous and welcoming country. Right too. I’m proud of that, but when people come here illegally, when they’re breaking the law, it’s important,” RAF Prime Minister Brize Norton told reporters on his return from an unannounced visit to Kyiv. to make this distinction.

We do this through our policy towards Rwanda. We do this by making sure that asylum seekers are not able to disappear in the rest of the country.”

Labor leader Keir Starmer accused the government of “chasing the headlines”. “What I want is a serious answer because nobody wants these trips to take place across the canal, these dangerous trips,” he said on a visit to Wakefield in West Yorkshire.

Everyone wants to take action against gangs. It takes a lot of work with the French authorities and work upstream to really fight these gangs. You don’t do that when it’s a government that’s asking the National Crime Agency to make cuts.”

The Home Office said the trial program will test whether electronic monitoring will help maintain regular contact with those released on bail and pursue their claims more effectively.

The BBC reported that the first people to be flagged under the scheme are likely those who avoided deportation to Rwanda for treatment this week.

It comes after the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday issued an injunction that led to the cancellation of a chartered flight to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.

Home Secretary Priti Patel accused the European Court of Human Rights of political motives in its “extremely scandalous” decision.

In an interview with The Telegraph, she said, “You have to look at the motive. How and why did you make this decision? Was it politically motivated? I think it is, for sure.”

“The opaque working style of this court is very scandalous. It should be called into question.

“We don’t know who the judges are. We don’t know who the team is. We haven’t received a ruling yet – just a press release and a letter saying we can’t transfer that person under Rule 39.

“You have not applied this ruling before, which makes you question the motive and the lack of transparency.”

Justice Minister Dominic Raab has suggested that new legislation can ensure that interim measures taken by the Strasbourg court can in fact be ignored by the government.

New figures show that the number of people crossing the English Channel to reach Britain this year has exceeded 11,000.

UNHCR previously stated that the “vast majority” of people arriving in the UK on small boats should be considered refugees fleeing conflict or persecution.

While the Home Secretary told Members of Parliament and colleagues last year that 70% of people crossing the crossing are “unmarried men who are already economic migrants” and the government has repeatedly described them as “migrants,” UNHCR notes that government data challenges this. claim.

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On Thursday, 146 people were taken to the UK on four small boats.

The daily figure has fallen steadily during the week after peaking at 444 on Tuesday. This was the highest number since 562 on April 14.

At least 48 people were brought ashore in Dover on Thursday.

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