labour accuses government of slow asylum seeker removal, pledges to speed up returns
The UK’s Labour Party has expressed worry about how the government is handling unsuccessful asylum seekers, saying that at the current pace, it would take until 2036 to deport them. Only 3,000 people are removed annually, according to Labour, leaving almost 40,000 people in a precarious situation. Suella Braverman, the home secretary, has come under fire from the party for allegedly making “empty promises” and failing to handle the problem adequately.
The difficulties the administration has in resolving the backlog of rejected asylum applicants are highlighted by Labour’s criticism. There are concerns that the administration may be “cooking the books” to eliminate the unprecedented backlog before the end of the year by removing thousands of asylum petitions from the system without adequate evaluation.
Suella Braverman, the home secretary, has come under fire from shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper for losing control of the asylum system and relying on words rather than action. Finding a solution is even more urgent given the estimated £6 million daily expense of keeping asylum seekers in hotels.
To solve the costly backlog and offer practical support for individuals escaping persecution, Labour has promised to move decision-making processes forward in response to the circumstances hurriedly. Their strategy attempts to help legitimate asylum seekers while facilitating the repatriation of individuals without legal standing to be in the country.
The Home Office is aware of the pressure from illegal immigration, especially the risky small boat crossings across the English Channel. To fight this, the government intends to crack down on marketing that tempts individuals to embark on risky excursions by working with social media sites like TikTok and the National Crime Agency.
The UK government is increasingly concerned about the problem of failed asylum applicants and the drawn-out deportation procedure. The criticism of Labour has highlighted the necessity of taking prompt, decisive action to reduce the backlog and offer suitable assistance to asylum seekers. Although the administration is still committed to stopping illegal immigration, there is increasing pressure for practical answers.