In this blog we’re diving deep into the UK’s Illegal Migration Act 2023. Now, this is an Act that made quite a stir. So let’s break it down and see what all the buzz is about.
What’s The UK’s Illegal Migration Act 2023?
The Prime Minister of the UK, Rishi Sunak, introduced this Act, which became law on 20 July 2023.
The main focus of this Act is to remove people who breached the laws of immigration.
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The Home Secretary is tasked with removing those who have travelled through a safe third country before coming to the UK without permission.
The two terms “leave to enter” and “leave to remain” are important elements of the Act. The first is your authorisation to enter the country, usually a visa. And the second is basically how long you can stay in the country according to your visa.
New Powers For The Home Office
These new powers allow the Home Office to detain people for up to 28 days without any access to judicial reviews or immigration bail.
But hold on! People still have the chance to receive a habeas corpus grant from the courts so that unlawful detention wouldn’t take place.
The Act has also landed in a bit of a debate.
Mainly because it says that if you’re on the list for removal, then the doors for the UK will be forever closed to you. This means you won’t be able to gain legal permission to enter, stay, settle in the UK or even become a British citizen.
Well, this Act surely has sprung up a few questions in our minds.
What’s the future looking like for UK and EU relations with the implementation of this Act? Especially considering the UK’s commitments to the European Convention on Human Rights and international law.
How will the UK handle asylum seekers and detention facilities with this Act’s enforcement?
Will this Act really make a dent in illegal entries, or will they lead to a whole new set of challenges?
Well, that’s a wrap on the Illegal Migration Act 2023. Let’s keep our eyes peeled and see how this one unfolds!