Authors: Anti-Slavery International, Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU), Focus on Labour Exploitation, Hope for Justice, JustRight Scotland, Kalayaan, Law Centre Northern Ireland, Scottish Refugee Council, TARA Service, Unseen
On 7th March 2023, the Home Secretary published the “Illegal Migration” Bill. The Home Secretary stated on the Bill that the legislation may not be compatible with Human Rights law. We, as leading asylum, modern slavery and human trafficking sector organisations, reject this Bill outright. It will needlessly block victims of trafficking and slavery from accessing safety and recovery, place an effective ban on asylum, block the possibility of people challenging wrongful decisions and will not save lives in the channel but drive the system to breaking point. All at great human and financial cost.