According to reports, the plan to reform the asylum system has attracted the attention of the United Nations, experts and rights groups.
According to media reports, the UK is planning to introduce legislation to enable authorities to send asylum seekers abroad for processing in an Australian-style offshore center.
The Times reported on Monday that Priti Patel, the Secretary of the Interior, has negotiated with Denmark to share a processing center in Africa as part of the plan.
According to reports, the proposal, condemned by human rights groups and opposition politicians, is expected to be submitted to Parliament next week as part of the Conservative Government’s Nationality and Borders Act, which coincides with the UK’s comprehensive reform of its asylum law. .
In early June, Danish legislators Officially recognized A law that allows the Nordic countries to deport asylum seekers to countries outside Europe ignores calls from non-governmental organizations and the United Nations not to do so.
If the UK measures are implemented, it will mark the first time the country has established an offshore immigration processing center for asylum seekers.
A British government source who asked not to be named told the Times that officials had discussed Copenhagen’s domestic asylum law with their Danish counterparts and had negotiated with third countries on the possibility of establishing offshore processing centers.
According to sources, negotiations have also been held on the “potential” of sharing processing centers abroad, and according to reports, Copenhagen sees Rwanda as a possible host country for such facilities.
According to reports, the Ministry of the Interior also inspected Australia’s asylum system.
There, all asylum-seekers arriving from the sea were barred from entering, but were sent to offshore centers in neighboring countries such as Papua New Guinea.
The main opposition Labour Party condemned the plan as “unreasonable.”
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds stated that the Labor Party will oppose the Nationality and Borders Act, which focuses on ensuring that people who enter the UK without a document can return to the European countries they have traveled through.
These same plans have been proposed before.
— Nick Thomas-Simons MP (@NickTorfaen) June 27, 2021
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) stated that the United Kingdom should seek solutions through cooperation, “instead of shifting responsibilities to less affluent countries.”
“The global crisis requires global cooperation,” the United Nations Refugee Agency’s UK branch wrote on Twitter.
Enver Solomon, head of the UK-based refugee committee charity, said that offshore processing is “a cruel and barbaric act of hostility.”
“For generations, men, women and children seeking protection in the UK have received fair hearings on British soil,” he told The Times.
“Most people have rebuilt their lives as law-abiding citizens and made great contributions to our communities.
“Offshore processing is cruel and barbaric hostility towards vulnerable groups. These vulnerable groups are not forced to flee war, oppression and terror because of their own fault.”
This development ensued as the government sought to stop the number of immigrants and refugees arriving in the country by ferry through the English Channel.
According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, more than 5,600 people made such transits this year, more than double the number in the same period in 2020.
Nando Sigona, professor of immigration and refugee studies at the University of Birmingham, said that he expects the latest plan to be “difficult to implement and may encounter fierce legal challenges and opposition from civil society”.
He said that offshore processing centers may become “concentration camps” where people have existed for many years in the form of “violent abandonment away from sight and no hope of rebuilding their lives in a meaningful way”.