The Prime Minister of England, Rishi Sunak insisted he will give the country back control over its borders as he vowed to end the small boats crisis within two years. The Prime Minister said he will “break the cycle” of illegal migration by introducing tough new laws that will deter people from making the perilous journey across the channel.
“Make no mistake, if you come here illegally, you will not be able to stay,” UK prime minister Rishi Sunak said in an interview published on Sunday. Sunak has been under pressure to find a solution to the flow of migrants arriving in Britain across the channel from Europe. More than 45,000 people made the perilous crossing last year.
A new law to tackle the issue is due to be set out on Tuesday, the newspaper reported.
Last year, former prime minister Boris Johnson agreed a deal to send tens of thousands of migrants to Rwanda, but it has faced a legal battle after the first planned deportation flight was blocked by a last-minute injunction granted by the European Court of Human Rights.
Indians have become the third-largest group of migrants entering UK shores illegally across the English Channel, a UK media report quoting Home Office sources said last month.
‘The Times’ newspaper reported that about 250 Indian migrants have made the dangerous crossing this year alone, more than 233 who crossed the Channel in the last year – making them the third largest cohort after Afghans and Syrians.
According to official Home Office statistics published in early November last year for these illegal Channel crossings in the first six months of 2022, over half (51%) of small boat arrivals were from three nationalities – Albanian (18%), Afghan (18 %) and Iranian (15%). Indians have not been among the nationalities referenced in official statistics of this illegal route so far.
According to him, illegal immigration is not fair for British taxpayers and those who come here legally. He added that criminal gangs should not be allowed to continue their activities, which he called “immoral trade.” Sunak said, “Illegal migration is not fair on British taxpayers, it is not fair on those who come here legally and it is not right that criminal gangs should be allowed to continue their immoral trade. I am determined to deliver on my promise to stop the boats.”
The Sunak-led Conservative government is expected to push legislation cracking down on illegal immigration with a special emphasis on illegal immigrants arriving in boats across the English channel. The new legislation, if passed, would prevent migrants from claiming asylum in the first place.
The legislation would place a duty on the Home Secretary to remove anyone arriving on a small boat to Rwanda or a “safe” third country “as soon as reasonably practicable” and ban them from returning on a permanent basis.