‘British reform of asylum law goes against international law’ – Belgium

(Belga) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has criticized a British bill to tighten asylum procedures. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the law contravenes international law and creates an “unfair” two-speed system.

The UNHCR said in a statement that the draft law currently before the British Parliament “punishes the majority of refugees who seek asylum with illegal and unfair penalties.” According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the model “violates international rules and practices for refugee protection”. The proposal by Home Secretary Priti Patel aims to dramatically tighten asylum procedures in the UK. The reform aims to discourage illegal immigration and treat immigrants differently based on whether or not they entered the country legally. The plan also aims to dramatically increase the prison sentence for entering the country illegally from six months to four years and move the majority of immigrants to a so-called “third country”. If this proves impossible, they will be granted temporary refugee status with fewer rights. “Those who arrive illegally will be stigmatized as unwanted, spend ten years in a precarious situation and be denied access to public funds. Such differentiated treatment has absolutely no basis in international law,” she added, She also notes that “the definition of a refugee does not change according to the itinerary, choice of country of asylum, or time of application.” Asylum in the first safe country they cross. A quiet requirement, “apparently,” which does not appear in the 1951 Refugee Convention and is inconsistent with humanitarian principles. “. (Belgium)

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The UNHCR said in a statement that the draft law currently before the British Parliament “punishes the majority of refugees who seek asylum with illegal and unfair penalties.” According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the model “violates international rules and practices for refugee protection”. The proposal by Home Secretary Priti Patel aims to dramatically tighten asylum procedures in the UK. The reform aims to discourage illegal immigration and treat immigrants differently based on whether or not they entered the country legally. The plan also aims to dramatically increase the prison sentence for entering the country illegally from six months to four years and move the majority of immigrants to a so-called “third country”. If this proves impossible, they will be granted temporary refugee status with fewer rights. “Those who arrive illegally will be stigmatized as unwanted, spend ten years in a precarious situation and be denied access to public funds. Such differentiated treatment has absolutely no basis in international law,” she added, She also notes that “the definition of a refugee does not change according to the itinerary, choice of country of asylum, or time of application.” Asylum in the first safe country they cross. A quiet requirement, “apparently,” which does not appear in the 1951 Refugee Convention and is inconsistent with humanitarian principles. “. (Belgium)

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