- The UK government has asked officials to investigate sending asylum seekers to an island in the middle of the Atlantic.
- The UK Home Secretary was considering building a shelter on Ascension Island, which is passing through a volcano four thousand miles from the UK.
- The idea was dropped after officials checked its viability.
- The Labor Party said the idea was “inhumane, utterly impractical and costly.”
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The UK government is considering sending asylum seekers to the volcanic island about 4,500 miles away to reduce the number of migrants arriving at Britain’s borders, according to a report.
Government officials told the Financial Times that Home Secretary Preeti Patel had asked them to look at new ways to deal with illegal immigration to the UK, including the method of sh strelion off fashore centers for processing asylum claims.
Patel has asked government officials to focus on setting up a shelter in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Ascension Island, a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of Africa.
The island is the epicenter of a volcano that has a population of less than 1,000 people who form part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It was used by the UK as a staging point for the British Army during the Faklands War and today it hosts the Royal Air Force Station.
The Financial Times reports that Patel challenged the idea after the UK Foreign Office evaluated sending asylum seekers to islands thousands of miles from Britain in the middle of the sea. He also asked officials to explore the possibility of setting up a shelter on St. Helena, the region’s main island, the report said.
The report said Patel urged officials to turn their attention to other countries for inspiration on how to deal with illegal immigration in the UK. Australia Australia, whose former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was recently appointed UK trade adviser, has been using offshore facilities since the 1980s.
A source familiar with the discussions told The Financial Times: “We are seeing how other countries are dealing with this issue … we are ignoring everything. No decision has been taken by the ministers.”
An official from the Home Office said: “As ministers have said, we are developing plans to improve policies and legislation around illegal immigration and asylum, to ensure that we can provide security to those in need, while preventing system abuse and criminalization.” Is associated with. “
Opposition Labor Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said sending Assange Seekers to Ascension Island was “ridiculous.” To tweet: “This ridiculous idea is inhumane, utterly impractical and massively costly. So it seems perfectly plausible that this Tory government has come up with it.”
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