The United Kingdom has announced new plans to prevent and deter migrants from attempting to illegally enter their country as they continue to see an increase in illegal migration.
In an announcement, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak laid out a five-point strategy to change how the country deals with illegal immigration. In his new plan, migrants who illegally enter the country and seek asylum would have their cases adjudicated faster, and those who do not meet the requirements would be quickly returned to their country.
While speaking to parliament, Prime Minister Sunak said, “If you enter the UK illegally, you should not be able to remain here. Instead, you will be detained and swiftly returned either to your home country or to a safe country where your asylum claim will be considered.” Prime Minister Sunak also noted that the public had a “right to be angry” over those attempting to exploit the United Kingdom’s asylum process and said, “It is not cruel or unkind to want to break the stranglehold of criminal gangs who trade in human misery.”
This all comes as the United Kingdom has been working to clear a backlog of roughly 150,000 asylum cases from migrants (mainly from Albania). Migrants illegally entering the United Kingdom often enter via the water on small boats, with many dying on the journey. According to Home Secretary Suella Braverman, more than 44,867 people have been intercepted while attempting to enter the United Kingdom this year.