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UK ‘acting as a draw’ for migrants unqualified for global protection

UK asylum system is 'a draw' for migrants says expert

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The ISU spokeswoman explained that migrants had two rights of appeal once the Government had given its decision on a migrants status in the UK. Ms Moreton claimed that the process was damaging for both those who did and did not qualify for international protection. The ISU spokeswoman explained that some people who were seeking refuge in the UK were here for between 5-8 years before a decision was made by the Home Office. Ms Moreton claimed that the current process was a big “draw” for migrants to come to the UK.

Ms Moreton told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It does take an inordinate amount of time for an initial decision.

“And that’s damaging both for those who do qualify for international protection and for the UK acting as a draw for people who don’t qualify.

“If it takes on average, and this was the evidence to ask yesterday, that some 480 days to reach a first decision.

“Against which there are then two rights of appeal, over and above.

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Ms Moreton added: “That builds to being in the UK for some… On average of 5 to 8 years before your claim is even finally determined.

“That is a huge pull to be here during all that time you’re rightly in fact, housed, educated and given medical treatment, and fed.

“And I’m not for a moment suggesting we shouldn’t do any of those things to people whilst we wait to process their claims.

“There is just no resourcing in the system, no resilience to be able to deal with claims in anything like a decent time frame.”

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Migration has been at the forefront of the Conservative Party’s agenda for years, with a succession of Home Secretaries pledging to curb the number of arrivals to Britain’s shores.

Home Secretary Suella Bravemen put forward plans to introduce a new system that would see nem migrants being transported to Rwanda for processing.

But her proposal has faced criticism from most Opposition parties, lamenting the proposal as infringing the rights of migrants and asylum seekers.

She also sparked outrage after claiming last month “her dream” was to see flights of migrants leaving the UK to be removed to Rwanda.

Upon Ms Braverman’s reinstallment as Home Secretary this week, an organisation helping those seeking refuge in the UK released a statement condemning her position.

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A spokesperson for Migrant Voice wrote: “Migrant Voice are disappointed to see the Prime Minister committing to hard-line anti-migrant policies with the re-appointment of Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

“We will be working our hardest to show the Prime Minister and his government that what this country needs is an immigration system that works to protect refugees, and treats all migrants with compassion.

“We need safe and legal routes, not deportation flights to foreign countries. We need a fair and equitable visa system, not one which benefits from migrants’ wallets.

“But mostly we need to build a society which respects all migrants as a vital part of our community.

“With the appointment of the Prime Minister’s new cabinet we don’t see this happening, but we will continue our work to show the government that there is another way.

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