Boris Johnson defends Home Office plans to electronically tag some asylum seekers
Activists have called the measures refugees could take crossing the Channel “draconian” and Priti Patel in other developments called a court’s decision to block deportations to Rwanda “absolutely outrageous”.
Boris Johnson has defended government plans to electronically tag some asylum seekers arriving in the UK on small boats or lorries.
The Home Office is launching a 12-month pilot program to see if this is an effective way to “improve and maintain” contact with applicants.
The documents also suggest that the government wants data on how often asylum seekers flee.
Activists called the measures refugees could take crossing the English Channel “draconian”.
However, the British Prime Minister said it was essential that people could not simply “vanish” into the rest of the country.
“This is a very, very generous welcoming country. Quite right too. I am proud of it, but when people come here illegally, when they break the law, it is important that we make that distinction,” he said, speaking at RAF Brize Norton after returning from a trip to Kyiv.
“That is what we are doing with our Rwanda policy. That is what we are doing with making sure that asylum seekers can’t just vanish into the rest of the country.”
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