Refugees arriving in the UK will be given the right to remain permanently, under a new system the home secretary has described as “fair but firm”.
Priti Patel will announce that those fleeing war or persecution who come through the “safe and legal resettlement route” will be given indefinite leave to remain.
Currently, resettled refugees are allowed to stay in the UK for five years, after which they can apply for indefinite leave to remain.
This is aimed at giving refugees the stability they need to rebuild their lives in the UK.
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Priority will be given to refugees, including children, in regions of conflict and instability, the Home Office said, rather than those who are “already in safe European countries”.
Those refused asylum will be moved through a fast-tracked appeals process aimed at giving people access to justice while minimising the time spent on “meritless claims and appeals”
Judges will be told to give “minimal weight” to evidence raised by an asylum seeker later in the process unless there are exceptional circumstances – a higher standard of proof will be needed
Border Force will be given new powers to search containers coming into the UK
Displaced families will be reunited more easily, with a review of the family reunion routes available to refugees
Foreign criminals will not be able to “frustrate the removals process” by lodging “endless claims for protection”
People smugglers who facilitate entry to the UK will face life behind bars and the sentence for those illegally entering the UK will also be increased
Ms Patel said: “Our New Plan For Immigration will make big changes, building a new system that is fair but firm. We will continue to encourage asylum via safe and legal routes whilst at the same time toughening our stance towards illegal entry and the criminals that endanger life by enabling it.