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UK To Reject Those Passing Through “Safe” Third Country

Home Secretary Priti Patel - Picture by Pippa Fowles - No 10 Downing Street - Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

From the 1st of January, asylum seekers fleeing to Britain will be in violation of international law if they passed through a “safe” third country.

On the 10th of December, the Home Office published ten pages of “New Immigration Rules”. The report states that, once the Brexit transition period ends on the 31st of December, asylum seekers coming through the EU or another “safe” country will not be admitted to Britain. It also prevents asylum seekers from making a claim whilst in British territorial waters.

The Home Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, Alistair Carmichael, claims that the changes to immigration legislation are a violation of international law themselves. He also claimed that the policy update was “nasty” and went against “everything the UK stands for”. He also suggested that the current Government had broken international law before, in stating: “It’s yet another breach of international law by this irresponsible Tory Government.”

New Home Office immigration policies, allowing migrants not working and sleeping rough to be deported, will come into force this month. The Labour-led Greater London Authority, however, is refusing to co-operate with the new policies, insisting that they are “draconian measures”. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, claimed the new policies were in fact an example of how the “most vulnerable” in our society could be “targeted”.