The United Kingdom government has made an open accusation about numerous asylum seekers who have been “abusing the system” and urging the need to “take back control” and they had reiterated this statement while also talking tough on immigration.
But with its latest pledge to reduce most of the crossings from northern France in small boats, they have also come with a blatant promise to defy international conventions.
“It’s not racist for anyone… to want to control our borders, it’s not bigoted to say that we have too many asylum seekers who are abusing the system,” said Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
The stance which had been earned Braverman, whose parents had also emigrated to Britain from Kenya and Mauritius in the 1960s, with a standing ovation at this week’s Conservative party’s annual conference.
The 42-year-old anti-EU right-winger, who has been in the job for the past month had also pointedly vowed to get tough on asylum seekers who do not “meet the needs of the country”.
“If you deliberately enter the United Kingdom illegally from a safe country, you should be swiftly returned to your home country or relocated to Rwanda. That is where your asylum claim will be considered,” she said.
Successive Conservative governments since 2010 have been promising to drastically reduce the number of migrants but to no avail.
Since the beginning of the year, a record 33,500 people have crossed the Channel in small boats and it has been revealed that more than half of them came from Afghanistan (18 percent), Albania (18 percent) or Iran (15 percent), according to the Home Office.
Zoe Gardner, an expert on British migration and asylum systems, said while the pro-Brexit Tories have never managed to reduce immigration, they have made a tougher for asylum seekers to settle.
“For a long time, it (immigration policy) has been a way to gain support, when every other area of policy seems to be a failure for them,” she told AFP.
“Every time the government of Boris Johnson had a bad week in the newspapers, you can be sure they would announce another plan to target immigrants just to distract people.”
The strategy, though, has been revealed to actually be in danger of running out of steam, she added.