Prime Minister Rishi Sunak To Lead A Crackdown On Illegal Immigration
The authorities in the UK have plans to introduce new legislation to keep migrants from crossing the English Channel and living in the country illegally. Needless to say, these plans are to counter a surge in the number of illegal migrants arriving on the southern coast in small boats.
People coming to England by crossing the English Channel have multiplied over the last two years. Government data suggests that Albanians happen to be the majority of those using this route to enter the UK.
Moreover, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has initiated a new five-point strategy to tackle the issue of illegal immigration. This includes fast-tracking the return of asylum seekers from Albania and bringing in more caseworkers to reduce the backlog of over 150000 asylum cases by next year.
The Prime Minister stated that people who enter the UK illegally would not remain in the country. Illegal migrants will be detained and returned to their home country or a nation that will accept their asylum claim.
It seems that illegal migrants using small boats to cross the English Channel has turned into a troublesome political issue for the Conservative government, especially in working-class areas in central and northern England. There, migrants are making it difficult for the locals to find work and hindering public services.
Rishi Sunak, UK’s PM, intends to create a new unit to deal with illegal crossings and ensure that illegal migrants are housed in vacant holiday parks, surplus military sites, and former student accommodation locations instead of hotels.
On the other hand, Home Secretary Suella Braverman recently described the illegal crossings as an invasion and labelled migrants as criminals, angering Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Furthermore, UK’s PM has promised that thousands of Albanians would be sent home soon.
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