Migration remains one of the most important problems that Europe has to deal with. However, while the countries of the European Union strive to work together (with more or less better results), the United Kingdom hardens its proposal considering abandoning the European convention on human rights (ECHR).
The British media have assured that the government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is considering ceasing to be part of the ECHR with the aim of enacting new legislation that contains tougher measures to curb immigration, which has worsened in recent years since the pandemic.
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The new law would prohibit people who enter the country illegally from applying for asylum, while they would be immediately deported. However, this proposal is not accepted by all members of the Conservative Party, and is expected to meet with resistance in the House of Lords.
DRASTIC MEASURES AGAINST IMMIGRATION
In 2022, the largest number of illegal entries since 2016 was registered in Europe. According to Frontex, the European border agency, there were 330,000, which is a clear upturn. For its part, the United Kingdom registered 45,756 crossings through the English Channel, an increase of 17,000 people compared to 28,526 in 2021.
For the UK, this represents a 60% increase in irregular entries through the English Channel. Despite attempts to reach agreements with the French authorities, it has not been possible to regulate the situation. Likewise, critics of the British government’s immigration policies assure that the practices do not comply with respect for human rights.
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Non-governmental organizations have questioned the deportation of people at the British borders because their situation of origin or vulnerability is not known. Likewise, it is not taken into account if they are children, and they assure that this practice goes against the right to a fair trial youporn.
VOICES IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSAL
Of course, the government assures that it will evaluate the cases in a more detailed, fair and dignified way. That is why the claim to abandon the ECHR, of which the United Kingdom was one of the founding countries in 1950, is cause for suspicion. Even so, parliamentarians like Lee Anderson assure that the law proposed by the government could not be carried out without leaving the Commission.
On the other hand, Simon Clarke, a former cabinet minister, points out that the government has the right to consider leaving since the Commission was not created with the intention of discussing the modern problems that plague European countries. Likewise, several conservative ministers, such as Interior Minister Suella Braverman, are in favor of the idea, even if it cannot be promulgated, to include it among the proposals for the next elections.
The efforts of the United Kingdom, despite everything, are not very far from what is happening within the EU. Although a migration pact was launched in 2020, it is still on hold due to differences between the partners, especially those in which the extreme right governs, such as Italy, which also intends to exercise a strong hand against migration.