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Channel migrants may get ‘right to claim legal aid’ to fight deportation: UK

  • June 5, 2023

Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, Suella Braverman has introduced new measures for migrants, reported the Daily Mail. In these new measures, channel migrants would have the right to claim legal aid to fund human rights challenges against deportation. The UK Home Secretary has set out changes to the immigration Bill and made it clear that ‘irregular’ migrants would be authorized for legal aid “if they claim their life will be at risk in their home nation, or they will face torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. The move has been proposed in addition to a number of other actions that up to 60 rebel Conservative backbenchers have called for in order to take more drastic measures to prevent Channel migrants. However, these new measures seemed to aim at pacifying the Tories from the liberal wing of the party that had raised concerns. Further, the ministers have also agreed to look at introducing more ‘safe and legal routes‘ into the UK. However, one of the campaigners said the legal aid measures made ‘little sense’.

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Migration Watch UK, Alp Mehmet has lobbied for tougher border controls and stated, “It makes little sense if the Home Secretary wants to reduce the spiraling cost of the asylum system and stem the flow of illegal boat crossings… She should think again. ” On Saturday, the country witnessed the highest number of arrivals by small boats across the Channel this year. According to the figures released yesterday by the Home Office, 497 migrants reached Dover, UK on Saturday, just over the high of 492 seen on April 5. According to this latest data, this means that 5,546 small boat migrants have crossed from northern France since the beginning of January.

While addressing the issue, the Home Secretary, Suella

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Immigration Bill tweaks before becoming law | Politics | News

  • May 19, 2023

Suella Braverman appeared to be toning down some measures designed to deter migrants arriving in Britain in small boats. Changes to the immigration Bill mean that Channel migrants could get access to legal aid to fund their human rights challenges against deportation.

In an apparent move aimed at pacifying some of the more liberal MPs on the Tory benches, the Home Secretary has set out amendments to the Bill clarifying that refugees making their way to the UK by sea can get legal aid if they say their lives are at risk at home or that they would be treated inhumanely or tortured there. Ministers will also look at creating more “safe and legal routes” to Britain.

However, the measures came with other, stronger, changes demanded by rebel Conservative backbenchers who want tougher action against Channel migrants.

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One campaigner, as reported by the Mail, claimed the legal aid measures made little sense. Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, which wanted tougher controls at the border, was quoted as saying that the legal aid measure made “little sense if the Home Secretary wanted to reduce the spiraling costs of the asylum system and stem the flow of illegal boat crossings.” He urged her to “think again”.

On Friday Ms Braverman said she and the Prime Minister were “absolutely committed to stopping the boats once and for all”, adding that the changes she was announcing would “help secure our borders and make it easier for us to remove people by preventing them from making last minute bogus claims, while ensuring we strengthen our safe and legal routes.”

Last week, it was reported that opposition to the Bill from the House of Lords would probably center on the plans to

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