UNITED KINGDOM: UK’s migration bill at odds with international law, says UN

Extract of article published by Al Jazeera on 18/07/2023- accessible here.

The United Kingdom’s controversial bill aimed at stopping thousands of migrants and refugees from arriving is at odds with the country’s obligations under international law, the United Nations has said.

The so-called Illegal Migration Bill, which has been passed by parliament and now awaits the formality of “royal assent” from King Charles III, “is at variance with the country’s obligations under international human rights and refugee law and will have profound consequences for people in need of international protection”, the UN refugee and human rights chiefs said on Tuesday.

The Conservative government’s flagship bill will prevent most people from claiming asylum in the UK without permission and will deport them either to their country of origin or a third nation deemed to be safe, such as Rwanda.