UNITED KINGDOM: According to Rishi Sunak, new legislation will result in the deportation of immigrants who arrive in the UK without appropriate documentation “within days,” the denial of their requests for asylum, and their return.
When asked if the Rwanda deportation policy would ever be implemented, the prime minister replied, “absolutely,” adding that he was dedicated to it despite legal obstacles.
He declared that asylum petitions will be heard in “days or weeks, not months or years” in an interview to commemorate his 100 days in office.
With more than 140,000 applicants awaiting a preliminary determination, the UK has a sizable backlog of asylum claims.
The Home Office is attempting to triple case completion rates while doubling the number of personnel assigned to asylum cases.
The home secretary, Suella Braverman, revealed in November that each case worker finished one case on average every week.
By August, the government hopes to have 2,500 caseworkers on staff, up from just under 600 in 2020.
In addition to speeding up the evaluation process, Sunak said he planned to introduce legislation that would bar asylum claims from those who enter the UK “illegally” and without proper documentation.
Sunak argued that people should evaluate him based on his track record regarding asylum, which includes recent agreements with France for more patrols to look for boats crossing the English Channel and Albania. He said that “30% of all illegal migrants” were Albanian, calling this figure absurd.
This is not the first time Sunak has set a lofty immigration goal for the Home Office. He promised in December to finish all pending refugee claims by the end of 2023.
Later, Downing Street stated that the guarantee referred to 92,601 claims lodged before the June enforcement of the Nationality and Borders Act.
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