The Refugee Ban Bill
On Tuesday 7th March 2023, the Home Secretary introduced a new Bill called the “Illegal Migration Bill”. Organisations and people across the UK are calling it “the Refugee Ban Bill” or the "Anti-Refugee Bill".
The Bill 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 Refugee Ban Bill's removal of vital human rights protections for people.
Ahead of the Second Reading of the Refugee Ban Bill, we created a "cheat sheet" to explain some of our initial concerns about the Bill and its implications for people's human rights.
However, with just three working days between the Bill being published and the Second Reading, it was impossible to analyse all the human rights concerns. We'll be updating this page with further information as the Bill progresses.
Find out more about the Human Rights Act, the European Convention on Human Rights and migrant and refugee rights.
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