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Immigration deportation order mandatory
THE issue of illegal and unwanted immigration in Europe often surfaces when there is an election on the way or plans to overhaul national policy, although it has continually been permeating British and EU politics for the last several years, following Brexit and the 2015 migrant crisis.
Under the orders of the UK High Court, immigrants and refugees will no longer be allowed to challenge deportation orders.
Changes in the legislative system under the Judicial Review Bill (JRB) will “restore the balance of power between the executive, legislature and the courts”, as announced in Queen Elizabeth’s speech on Tuesday.
While previously, under a Supreme Court ruling, tribunal decisions were allowed to be put forward before the court, the JRB will overturn the decision. According to the government, about 700 such appeals are pursued every year.
While there are concerns that stripping of rights to challenge deportation using judicial review could leave “wrong” decisions by the Home Office unchallenged, the queen said the JRB purpose is to “protect the judiciary from being drawn into political questions”.
Immigration routes for refugees, workers and visitors travelling to the UK have been considerably changed following the country’s withdrawal from the EU. Border control and curbing illegal immigration were among the pivotal parts of the Brexit campaign prior to the 2016 referendum. Speaking on the UK’s position on relocating unaccompanied children in the refugee camps on the Aegean Islands, Immigration Minister Chris Philip said in January that allowing refugees from safe European countries to resettle in Britain created a “pull factor” for them to travel to Europe.
In March, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the British immigration system was “overwhelmed” due to over 35 000 asylum claims ending March last year, with most of those applicants coming from Iran, Albania and Iraq.
As a result, the government moved to introduce tougher age assessment tests “to stop adult migrants pretending to be children” from coming into the UK.
Britain’s rigorous immigration checks have been echoed in the proposals of the former EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, who is apparently entering the French presidential race next year.
This week, Barnier suggested in a TV interview that he wants to suspend immigration to France for 3-5 years and toughen checks on the EU’s external borders.
Barnier argued that there are links between immigration flows and terrorist networks which try to infiltrate them. He added that not all immigrants are major terrorists or delinquents.
“There is a risk of an explosion, particularly on the topic of immigration. We need to introduce a moratorium on immigration. We need to take time to evaluate, check and if necessary, change our immigration policies,” Barnier warned.
In another interview, Barnier suggested that France should lead talks with Schengen area states to introduce stricter controls on the EU’s external borders.
According to Eurostat, 2.7 million immigrants entered the EU from non-EU countries in 2019.
The EU has been plagued by immigration since 2015, with high numbers of refugees from Syria, northern Africa and other areas.