London, November 9 (Language) The British government has introduced a plan to include India in the extended list of safe countries, which will speed up the process of return of Indians traveling illegally from the country and their chances of seeking asylum in Britain. The possibility will disappear.
India and Georgia have been included as countries to be added to the list in the draft legislation tabled in the ‘House of Commons’ on Wednesday.
Britain’s Home Office said the move was aimed at strengthening the country’s immigration system and preventing people from abusing the system by making unfounded security claims.
The country’s Home Minister Suella Braverman said, “We must stop people from safe countries making dangerous and illegal journeys to Britain.”
“Expanding this list will help us more quickly remove people who do not have the right to be here,” he said. This sends a clear message that if you come here illegally, you cannot stay. “We are committed to putting measures in our Migration Act that will play a role in the fight against illegal migration.”
The move is in line with measures to fulfill British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s pledge to “stop boats” of migrants landing illegally on the country’s shores after making the perilous journey through the English Channel.
The Home Office said that Indian and Georgian boat arrivals had increased over the years, while there was no apparent threat of persecution to individuals from these countries.
It said: ‘Recognizing these countries as safe would mean that if someone came from one of these countries illegally, we would not accept their claim into the British asylum system.’
Other countries deemed safe by the UK include Albania and Switzerland, countries in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).
The proposal will undergo parliamentary scrutiny through debate in both houses of Parliament before being implemented.
The Home Office said the government is committed to stopping the boats and stopping people making the dangerous journey to Britain.
Language Netrapala Naresh