Whilst I am sympathetic to the plight of those who have had to flee their homes and their countries in the face of persecution, and I am proud of the fact that Britain has a proud heritage and history for standing up for the universal rights of citizens to live, work and worship as they please, I also believe that our current policy is in need of reform.
The best way to improve upon the current situation is to differentiate more between asylum policy and immigration policy. At the moment, there is quite simply too much overlap between the two which, in part, is responsible for the flaws that currently exist within our immigration system.
Rather, those seeking to claim asylum should be able to do so at a British Embassy in their country, in which they can receive protection, support and essentials. If such applications fail, it is not the prerogative of Her Majesty’s Government to provide support. Those with refugee status should not necessarily have to come to the United Kingdom, as they can then continue to be provided with the accommodation and safety Her Majesty’s Government can secure in their own country.
In 2019, the Conservative Party stood on a manifesto that promised an overhaul of our immigration system so that it reflected a points-based system, similar to that in Australia, where those with the talents and skills the United Kingdom needs can enter, reside and work.
Those that try and enter the country illegally should be immediately sent back. The United Kingdom is built on our adherence to the rule of law; anyone that cannot accept that characteristic when trying to enter the country will struggle to integrate into our society. I will continue to be a champion for a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to illegal immigration.