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Immigratio­n deportatio­n order mandatory

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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.

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