This is an opportunity for you to have your say on what you would like to happen. Priti Patel has said that the main objectives of the proposed reforms is to deter illegal entry and people-trafficking, make it easier to remove people who have no right to be here and to end the rising abuse of the asylum system revealed in recent official statistics. The proposals came as it emerged that nearly 50,000 people have been detected entering the UK illegally (a quarter of them via small cross-Channel boats) since the end of 2017 (see Migration Watch’s illegal entry Tracking Station).
To inform your response to the consultation you may find it helpful to read Migration Watch’s summary of some of the vast array of new research released by the Office for National Statistics on immigration and population size this week. One ONS bulletin estimated that the UK population had hit a record 67million and is growing by more than 280,000 a year.
The consultation closes at 11.45pm on May 6, so you have four days to take part. You can find it here.