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The UK is betting on a law to prevent channel crossings

The UK is betting on a law to prevent channel crossings

One of the UK’s main weapons in trying to prevent immigrants from crossing the English Channel is a law currently being debated in Parliament, which will impose fines on smugglers and undocumented immigrants.

The National Boundaries Bill, which seeks to address the growing problem of illegal immigrants entering the UK, has angered public opinion and Conservative Party MPs.

“This is a long-term solution,” Home Minister Priti Patel told parliament, adding that “there is no quick fix.”

More than 25,000 migrants have arrived in the UK this year across 34 kilometers of the canal in small boats, more than three times the 8,400 recorded in 2020.

In November, more than a thousand people came in a single day. Weeks later, 27 people drowned while trying.

The proposed law criminalizes asylum seekers coming to the UK illegally. They could face up to four years in prison, while the kidnappers could face up to life in prison.

The Border Guard has more powers than the Border Guard, which intercepts ships suspected of carrying illegal immigrants and attempts to return them to their place of departure.

Recently, the government promised in the state budget to invest மில்லியன் 70 million (82 82 million) in 11 new ships for the border force, which would replace the nearly 20-year-old speedboats.

However, the interventions should respect maritime law, and some experts believe that the trick of forcing boats to return cannot be used. [push-back].

The move is based on agreements with neighboring countries, for example, with France, which have strained relations not only because of the issue, but also because of differences over post-Brexit fishing licenses.

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The bill seeks British authorities to transfer refugees to processing centers in third countries, but the government does not specify which countries.

Some of these proposals have been criticized by the UN, opposition parties, lawyers and human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, which have called the text “severe” for imposing fines on refugees.

The law, criticized by lawyer Emily McDonnell, “removes the basic tenets of the international refugee regime that helped establish the UK”.

Amnesty International says it will “create significant obstacles and harm to asylum seekers in the UK asylum system” and will act against London’s commitments to various international conferences.

During epidemics, sea crossings increased as there was more safety in the control of trucks passing through the urodinal, despite less road and air traffic.

Maritime surveillance is based on cooperation with France, which the United Kingdom has promised to pay nearly 63 million euros between 2021-22 to strengthen its European neighbor patrols and invest in resources, including technology.

Between 2018 and 2019, when these shortcuts began, the United Kingdom mobilized three naval warships for the channel, but there are currently no military boats in operation.

At the time, it had approved a joint action plan with France, in which information sharing and this cooperation would work: this year alone, more than 20,000 crossings were intercepted and 17 kidnapping gangs removed, resulting in 400 arrests and 65 convictions.