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This is no ‘crackdown’ on asylum seekers. It’s a free-for-all amnesty


WHEN Tony Blair was criticised for the large number of asylum applications over the five years from 1997 (when New Labour were first elected and he became Prime Minister) to 2002, he promised to reduce them. By 2005, Blair was able to boast: ‘Asylum applications have fallen from over 8,000 a month to just over 2,000. The next set of statistics will show that monthly applications are back to their lowest level since March 1997.’ 

The chart below shows how Blair was able to deliver this tremendous, almost magical, achievement. The dotted line is the number of asylum applications. The solid line is the number of UK citizenships granted:

What seems to have happened is that potential asylum-seekers were told that if they didn’t apply for asylum but instead sought UK citizenship, they would be granted citizenship, no questions asked. British passports were being showered on illegals like confetti.

I produced this chart for my 2008 book Squandered: How Gordon Brown is wasting over one trillion pounds of our money.

At the time this complete fraud on the British people, like many other New Labour frauds I exposed in my book, was not mentioned by any of the mainstream media. But you have to remember that this was a time when Blair’s people had almost complete control over the media. Any political journalist writing critical stories would be excluded from supposed ‘scoops’ and so would be out of a job. Meanwhile those writing positive stories would be given supposed ‘exclusives’ making it look as if they had deep inside knowledge of what was going on in government. As I’m sure you know, the TV comedy seriesThe Thick of It was based on the Blair/Campbell government.

Now, 20 years later, our latest leader Rishi Sunak is faced with a similar problem to Blair. Sunak is being criticised because there are anywhere between 150,000 and 166,000 asylum seekers currently in the UK waiting decisions on their claims. But Rishi has a solution – just like Blair he’ll let them all stay in the UK.

The first step of this process is that asylum seekers will be given the right to stay without having face-to-face interviews to check their claims under government plans to reduce the backlog of cases. More than 12,000 migrants from five countries with the highest asylum claim success rates will now have their applications processed on paper, with the ‘vast majority’ given the green light to stay in the UK without an interview.

This week Home Office officials will start contacting these asylum seekers, from Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Eritrea and Yemen, and give them a 20-day deadline to fill in and return fast-track claims forms.

Am I the only person who can see the problem? Most of these economic migrants pretending to be asylum seekers will have destroyed their identity documents before coming to Britain. So we’re going to get tens of thousands of Pakistanis and Nigerians and Congolese and Bangladeshis and many others all suddenly claiming to be from Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Eritrea and Yemen. And as none of these people will be interviewed to see if they are lying or not, they will automatically be given leave to remain in Britain. The migrants then have the right to bring their family members here.

Moreover, what the Government doesn’t mention is that anyone arriving in Britain from these five countries or anywhere else has come from safe France after crossing several other equally safe European countries. So none of them should be allowed to stay in the UK. After all, according to the Dublin Convention, an asylum seeker may have his or her application considered in only one of the Dublin countries. The main rule is that an application will be processed by the first Dublin country the asylum seeker comes to. Countries signed up to the Dublin Convention include all the countries in the EU, plus Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

Laughably, the Daily Express announced Sunak’s great plan with the headline: ‘PM to unleash massive crackdown on asylum backlog as UK hit with staggering £7m-a-day bill’. 

This is not a crackdown. It’s a free-for-all amnesty which will encourage millions more illegal migrants to head for Benefits Britain.

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David Craig
David Craig
David Craig's latest book THERE IS NO CLIMATE CRISIS is available as a paperback or ebook from Amazon

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