The Government is trying to pass an anti-refugee bill that would take a wrecking ball to the right to claim asylum in the UK. It represents the biggest attack on the refugee protection system that we have ever seen and will close the door to desperate people who arrive in the UK to seek safety.
Under the bill, only refugees arriving through extraordinarily restricted “official” routes, such as refugee resettlement, will be allowed to claim protection. All others will be deemed “inadmissible” to claim asylum and the Government will seek to deport them. If they cannot be deported, they may be allowed to claim asylum in the UK but if they receive refugee status as a result they will not be given the right to settle. Instead, they will be regularly reassessed for removal, with limited rights to family reunion and benefits.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the bill does nothing to increase access to “official” routes. In fact, this is the first time in two decades that the Government has made no commitment to refugee resettlement.
We believe an asylum system is possible where people forced to flee the homes they loved receive compassion, justice and support. If you agree with us that this disgraceful bill should never become law, sign this petition today.
Help us fight the #AntiRefugeeBill and call for an asylum system that is kind, fair and effective.