Lilley challenges Blunkett on asylum policy failure

- Wednesday, 26th February 2003

 

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, this week challenged the Home Secretary in Parliament to withdraw from the international agreement which requires us to accept everyone claiming asylum while their claims are endlessly assessed. This would make swift and humane removal of economic migrants possible. He pointed out to David Blunkett that the present systems allows such protracted delays that by the time deportation becomes possible it is inhumane because people have put down roots in this country.

Peter Lilley said:

"I challenged the Home Secretary to accept that the present system for dealing with asylum applications, which often means that deportation is impossible until people have put down roots in this country, is particularly inhumane. I support Oliver Letwin?s proposal to renegotiate or withdraw from the international conventions, which give asylum claimants endless opportunities for stringing out their claims. Instead we should accept a limited quota of refugees ? far below the present numbers of people stay here indefinitely.

"The government must acknowledge that its U-turns over asylum have created chaos, confusion and cost. If the present rate continues, 2.5 million immigrants will arrive in the UK in the next decade ? requiring us to build every year three times as many homes as there are in Hitchin and Harpenden.?

 

 

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