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Britain plans to deny asylum to illegal migrants, newspaper says



London, United Kingdom   /   Sun, October 4, 2020   /   11:17 am
Britain plans to deny asylum to illegal migrants, newspaper says Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel leaves 10 Downing street after a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019 Britain's newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting today faced with the burning challenge of resolving the three-year Brexit crisis in three months. (Agence France Presse/Tolga Akmen)

The British government will routinely deny asylum to migrants who board boats to cross the English Channel or come to Britain through illegal routes, the Sunday Times reported.

Under new laws that will be unveiled by Britain's interior minister Priti Patel on Sunday, the government will unveil its "fair borders bill," outlining its plan of a two-tier system in which migrants are treated differently if they pay criminal gangs to help them come to Britain, the newspaper said.

New legal routes will be created for those who are at genuine risk of harm, and foreign criminals and asylum seekers who are not at risk will be deported, the report added.

"Currently, everybody that comes to our country and makes an asylum claim, they are treated the same, irrespective of the route through which they have entered our country - and that simply isn't right," Patel said.

Earlier this week, the British government came under fire after media reports revealed it had studied housing asylum seekers on disused oil rigs, banishing them to camps in Moldova or Papua New Guinea, or building floating walls in the sea to keep them out.