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Government confirms immigration overhaul in Queen's Speech

Migrants who travelled through a 'safe' country like France or Belgium on their way to the UK will be blocked from seeking asylum in Britain.

The Government today confirmed a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system as it set out its plans in the Queen's Speech.

The changes will mean migrants who 'travelled through a safe country where they could have reasonably claimed asylum... will not be admitted into the UK asylum system'. 

Legal arrivals and illegal arrivals will be treated differently for the first time so the system 'does not reward those who enter the UK illegally'. 

The shake-up will also see the asylum system streamlined, creating a 'one-stop' process designed to 'end the cycle of limitless appeals'.

The Government today confirmed a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system as it set out its plans in the Queen's Speech. A Border Force vessel is pictured in Dover on April 28

Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled the Government's 'New Plan for Immigration' in March this year 

The Government is hoping to deter illegal arrivals to the UK - particularly from dangerous small boat Channel crossings. Pictured is a view of boats used by people thought to be migrants stored at a warehouse facility in Dover after being intercepted in the Channel by Border Force

No right to settle under Priti Priti's asylum blitz

The Government's so-called 'New Plan for Immigration' was unveiled by Home Secretary Priti Patel in March this year. 

It will mean migrants who arrive in the UK illegally will no longer have the right to permanently settle here even if they have a strong asylum claim.  

Anyone who arrives illegally having passed through a 'safe' country will be deemed 'inadmissible' to the UK asylum system. 

The Government will seek the 'rapid removal' of 'inadmissible cases' back to the country they travelled to the UK from.  

Those who cannot be returned to a 'safe' country will be granted 'temporary protection status' for 30 months, with only limited access to benefits and limited family reunion rights. 

The Government said in the Queen's Speech that the changes will 'establish a fairer immigration system that strengthens the United Kingdom’s borders and deters criminals who facilitate dangerous and illegal journeys'. 

Ministers believe the overhaul will 'increase the fairness and efficacy of our system so that we can better protect and support those in genuine need of asylum'.

The Government is hoping to deter illegal arrivals to the UK - particularly from dangerous small boat Channel crossings - which will then 'break the business model of criminal trafficking networks and protecting the lives of those they endanger'. 

The 'New Plan for Immigration' has been billed by ministers as 'the most significant overhaul of our asylum system in decades'.  

The Government said that in 2019 there were more than 16,000 detected illegal arrivals to the UK. Some 62 per cent of asylum claimants in 2019 had entered the UK illegally.

Asylum applications in 2019 increased by 21 per cent on the previous year to almost 36,000 which was the highest number recorded since the European migration crisis in 2015/16   

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