Theresa May vows to introduce tougher immigration rules with asylum cheats
Britain’s Home secretary, Theresa May, has vowed to introduce tougher control measures for those who abuse and exploit Britain’s immigration system. She pledged during her speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. May said that she would combine strict new rules for people who try to game the system with greater generosity for those suffering amid conflict around the globe.
May added that the Conservative government would introduce ‘Safe return reviews’, which would essentially target at sending refugees back to their home countries if there is a visibility of improvement in conditions in their home town.
May said that Britain would clearly distinguish between vulnerable people and people who claim asylum after abusing the visa system. The latter cases will be rejected and will not have the right of settlement in the UK. She also said high migration made a “cohesive society” impossible.
She revealed that 551 asylum claims were made over the past five years by citizens of EU member states, at a cost of £4.2m to tax payers. She pledged to end the ‘absurdity’ of EU nationals seeking asylum in UK.
Her speech was criticised by business groups, with the Institute of Directors attacking its “irresponsible rhetoric”.
Net migration into the UK currently stands at a record high, reaching 330,000 in the year to March.
The UK would not adopt a common EU policy “in a thousand years” she said, promising a “new British approach”, including tougher treatment for people who have travelled to the UK from other safe countries.
People who have “spurned the chance to seek protection elsewhere” will not have an automatic right to stay in the UK, she said.
Instead, priority will be given to “helping the most vulnerable people in the world’s most dangerous places”, she pledged.