UK's Migration Crackdown Plan To Become Law
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jul, 2023 ) :Britain's controversial plan to deter migrants without papers from landing on British shores was on Tuesday poised to become law, prompting criticism from the United Nations.
Opposition to the bill was finally crushed at a late-night sitting just hours before a barge that will be used to house migrants arrived at a port on England's south coast.
- Perilous route - Opponents in the unelected upper house had sought to soften the bill by proposing changes.
But amendments to parts of the legislation including modern slavery protections and limits on how long child migrants can be detained were voted down in a series of votes.
The bill will now become law following the formality of "royal assent" from King Charles III.
More than 45,000 migrants arrived on the shores of southeast England on small boats in 2022 -- a 60-percent annual increase on a perilous route that has been used by more people every year since 2018.
Immigration -- both legal and illegal -- has long been a key political issue in the UK and was one of the main battlegrounds of the Brexit referendum in 2016, which saw the country leave the European Union.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has vowed to "stop the boats", has insisted the Rwanda plan would have an important deterrent effect by showing that no-one who arrives illegally in the UK will be allowed to stay.
The Conservative government's Interior Minister in the upper house Simon Murray said the sheer number of arrivals had "overwhelmed" the UK's asylum system and was costing taxpayers �6 million ($7.8 million) a day in accommodation costs.
The Rwanda plan, announced by then-prime minister Boris Johnson last year, was blocked at the last minute by the European Court of Human Rights, which is separate from the EU, and is still mired in legal challenges.
Sunak said he respected the court but "fundamentally" disagreed with the judge's conclusions.