UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has called for a crackdown on illegal migration and a reform of UN rules to prevent asylum-seekers from "shopping around" for their preferred destination. In a speech in the US, Braverman will outline a blueprint for international efforts to tackle illegal migration and question whether the UN Refugee Convention is still relevant in the modern age.
Cracking down on illegal migration
In her speech, Braverman will highlight the need to differentiate between seeking asylum and seeking better economic prospects. She argues that seeking refuge in the first safe country reached or "shopping around" for a preferred destination shouldn't be treated the same way. She also emphasizes the difference between being trafficked against one's will and being smuggled into a country. Braverman's proposed reforms could see refugee status forfeited if migrants have traveled through multiple safe countries.
Is the UN Refugee Convention still fit for purpose?
Braverman questions whether the UN Refugee Convention, established in 1951, is still suitable for the modern age and in need of reform. She argues that the majority of migrants entering the UK by boat from France are not fleeing imminent peril but have already passed through multiple safe countries. This, she claims, could warrant a reevaluation of their refugee status.
Rethinking asylum eligibility criteria
Braverman also criticizes the current system for granting protection solely based on factors such as sexual orientation or gender. She calls for a more sustainable approach that considers the individual circumstances of each asylum-seeker.
By challenging the current international approach to illegal migration and advocating for stricter immigration measures, Braverman aims to address the issue of asylum-seekers 'shopping around' for favored destinations. Her proposals could potentially lead to significant changes in the way illegal migration is managed globally.
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