Britain was unable to enter into a bilateral return agreement with European countries this week, despite the government’s announcement that thousands of asylum seekers are being considered for migration to the EU. ..
“Adding more delays and costs to the asylum process,” the minister said after new data revealed that more than 4,500 people, including many Afghan citizens who claimed asylum in the UK since the beginning of this year, have suspended their cases. It was accused, so the Home Office can assess whether they can be deported to the continent.
Under Priti Patel’s new asylum reform, their allegations were put on hold for six months to determine if they had traveled to EU member states, and if this was confirmed, the government would return them there. I will try.
However, according to government statistics released Thursday, none of the 4,561 people whose proceedings were put on hold during the six months to June have been taken to EU countries.
The Interior Minister said he intends to replace the Dublin Regulation, which allowed the return of asylum seekers to EU member states while Britain was part of the block, with a “bilateral return agreement.”
However, Independent This week, we received confirmation from many EU member states, including France, that many asylum seekers pass on their way to the UK that they do not intend to enter into a bilateral return agreement with the British government.
A spokesperson for the French Ministry of Interior said, “The issue of re-entry into the EU is an EU issue and needs to be addressed at the EU level,” while a spokesperson for the Netherlands said, “A bilateral agreement with the EU.” It’s not the process of connecting. ” Britain has returned irregular immigrants. “
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Austrian government acknowledged that “after the UK left the EU, there was talk between Austria and the UK in consideration of bilateral replacement of the Dublin Regulation arrangement. I haven’t. “
An EU spokesperson said the trade cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom “did not include provisions for asylum and return,” and the block “has not considered pursuing further negotiations to complement the agreement.” “.
Official figures released this week show a 73% increase over the past two years, despite a decline in applicants, after showing that the backlog of people waiting for the first asylum decision in the UK is now 70,905. And 9 times higher than 2011.
Shadowhome secretary Nick Thomas Symons said the situation was “terrible”, saying that the government’s failure to trade with European countries to replace the Dublin Regulation put people in a “terrible crisis.” It’s a complete mess. “
“It’s clear that the government’s disapproval rules are clearly not working, adding further delays, costs and human misery to the asylum system,” said Envel Solomon, chief executive officer of the refugee council. I repeated my concerns.
Charity Care4Calais said more than 100 asylum seekers arriving in the UK this year have put their claims on hold for consideration of removal, including at least two Afghan citizens.
Charity Hannah Marwood said: “
In March, the Interior Minister denied the right to automatically asylum refugees arriving in the UK on unauthorized routes and instead forced them into safer countries (usually within the EU) that passed on their way to the UK. Announced a proposal to take him away.
The UK has significantly fewer asylum claims than other EU countries, with 26,900 in the 12 months to March 2021, 122,000 in Germany and 94,000 in France. The UK ranks 17th among European asylum seekers when measured per capita population.
Steve Valdez-Symonds, Head of Refugee and Immigration Rights at Amnesty International UK, said: There are already 50,000 in the system.
“The countries where the ministers are shifting their asylum responsibilities in the UK have long accepted far more claimants and refugees than in the UK. Why do they take on greater responsibility from relatively few countries? Are you willing to do it? “
The Home Office is being asked to comment.