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British Home Secretary wants to curb illegal migration

According to government papers, Britain is considering tough border protection measures. This includes fences in the sea and housing asylum seekers on disused oil rigs.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel wants to prevent illegal migration with new asylum laws. "For the first time, we will determine who comes to our country and who does not," said Patel at the online conservative party conference. She announced a general overhaul of the asylum law in the coming year.

This year, thousands of migrants had crossed the English Channel from France in small rubber dinghies to seek asylum in the UK. Patel has often spoken of wanting to contain this and wanting to support the border guards militarily. Recently, various internal papers from government circles made it public that contained proposals to curb this.

Among other things, the papers mentioned fences in the sea as well as temporarily accommodating asylum seekers on old ferries or disused oil rigs in the North Sea. The opposition had described the proposals as "inhuman".

Patel criticizes "smugglers, do-gooders, left-wing lawyers and Labor"
In her speech, Patel said that legal migration routes had to be created in which a point system should be used to determine people's rights of residence depending on their qualifications. The aim is to attract the "best and brightest" workers, such as doctors and scientists. However, anyone who enters illegally should be turned away. In addition, Patel announced that forces should be joined to crack down on people smugglers.

The asylum reform announced for next year is the "biggest overhaul" of the migration system, which is "fundamentally broken". Those who reject their plans, such as "smugglers, do-gooders, left-wing lawyers and the Labor Party," are defending something that cannot be defended, said Patel, according to the BBC. Deportations should also be accelerated accordingly. Last year there were 35,566 asylum applications in Great Britain, more than twice as many as in 2010. However, the number is well below the high of 84,000 asylum applications in 2002.

Source: Die Zeit
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