uk migration: UK to electronically tag some illegal migrants to track movements

The UK government is set to launch a 12-month pilot project whereby some illegal migrants seeking asylum in the country will be electronically tagged to track their movements, it emerged on Saturday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the plans, saying it was essential that people who arrived via dangerous routes on small boats and hidden in trucks could not just “disappear”.

Documents linked to the Home Office’s proposals suggest the government is seeking data on how often asylum seekers go into hiding.

“This is a very, very generously hospitable country. Quite right. I’m proud of it, but when people come here illegally, if they break the law, it’s important that we make that distinction,” Johnson told reporters on his return. . from Ukraine.

“That’s what we’re doing with our Rwanda policy. That’s what we’re doing to make sure asylum seekers don’t just disappear to the rest of the country,” he said.

Rwanda’s policy of flying some migrants to the East African nation has proved controversial, with the first flight being held up at the last minute earlier this week by last-minute orders from the European Court of Human Rights ( ECHR).

British Home Secretary Priti Patel called the statement “absolutely outrageous” and “opaque”.

“We don’t know who the judges are, we don’t know who the panel is, we haven’t really had a verdict — just a press release and a letter saying we can’t move this person under rule 39,” Patel told. The Daily Telegraph’.

The Migration Partnership with Rwanda, announced by Patel in April, plans to provide some migrants crossing the English Channel to the UK with a one-way ticket to Kigali to apply for asylum.

The government has said the scheme, which initially cost £120 million, would discourage smugglers from making dangerous crossings in unsafe boats.

Meanwhile, in England and Wales, the Home Office’s process of electronic tagging was launched on Thursday to test whether it helps to keep in regular contact with asylum seekers and process their applications more effectively. It will also collect data on how many people go into hiding and disappearing.

People who are tagged could be subject to a curfew and those who fail to comply with their terms could be sent back to detention or prosecuted.

According to reports, children or pregnant women tagged with such location-tracking devices will not be included.

While opposition leader Keir Starmer accused the government of “chasing the headlines”, campaigners criticized the plans as draconian.

“It is appalling that this administration wants to treat men, women and children who have fled war, bloodshed and persecution as criminals,” said Enver Solomon, director of the Refugee Council.

“Not only does this draconian and punitive approach show no compassion for very vulnerable people, it will do nothing to deter those desperate for security in the UK,” he said.

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