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The Refugee Ban Bill

On Tuesday 7th March 2023, the Home Secretary introduced a new Bill, which has now passed into law and is officially called the “Illegal Migration Act”. Organisations and people across the UK referred to it as “the Refugee Ban Bill” or the "Anti-Refugee Bill".

The Act puts a duty on the Home Secretary to arrange the removal of people who come to the UK without permission if they have not arrived directly from a country where their life and liberty is at risk. If they make an asylum claim, it will be declared “inadmissible” – so it won’t be heard – and there is no right to appeal.

At BIHR, we have serious human rights concerns about the removal of vital human rights protections for people.

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