Tuesday, March 28, 2023
The UK's new proposed "Illegal Migration Bill" would expand detention, deny bail to persons who are detained, place caps on the numbers of refugees, among other punitive measures. The bill would also return many migrants back to a third country, such as Rwanda. For a BBC summary of the bill's components, see this article.
The Bill has drawn sharp criticism from nonprofit organizations, scholars, and other stakeholders. More than 60 stakeholders have written to Prime Minister Rishni Sunak asking that the bill be withdrawn as it will deny the right to asylum and result in other human rights abuses. As the Guardian reports, the bill would also allow for the detention of women, children and other vulnerable migrants. Former Prime Minister Theresa May has criticized the bill for not creating exemptions for modern slavery victims.