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The British government's deportation plans are causing criticism


LONDON. The British government's plans to deport asylum seekers to safe EU countries more quickly have attracted criticism. There is not the slightest chance that the planned bilateral agreements to take back immigrants will come about, said former Interior Minister David Blunkett (Labor) according to the newspaper The Independent.

The incumbent Interior Minister Priti Patel (Conservative) had previously announced new measures according to which migrants who entered illegally would be denied the automatic right to asylum. Instead, their deportation to safe countries through which they came to the UK should be checked.

Critics suspect political calculations behind deportation plans
The Minister stressed to the BBC that all of her proposals were in line with the Refugee Convention and international law as well as the European Convention on Human Rights. In the face of illegal immigration, inaction is not an option.

However, this project is not feasible, judged Blunkett and high-ranking officials. Bilateral agreements with the other EU states are "not feasible". Blunkett, who was Interior Minister between 2001 and 2004, said: "It was really difficult to send people back when we were still part of the EU." He accused Patel of submitting the plans for political motives. "Pushing buttons for those who are concerned about immigration may be a successful partisan hit, but it will not be workable in practice."

There are no incentives for EU states to take back migrants
The former head of immigration, Dave Wood, also joined the criticism. He also shares the assessment that separate regulations with the European Union for taking back migrants are “not realistic”.

The Independent quotes an anonymous former Home Office official who accused Patel of just trying to show harshness to the outside world. In his view, there is "little incentive for EU countries to sign a bilateral agreement, as the UK is the final destination for asylum seekers, and there really are no sanctions that the UK can threaten if member states do not want to reach out to an agreement".

Last year, 8,500 migrants came to the UK by boat across the English Channel . That was four times more than the year before.

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