The governments of Gibraltar and the Isle of Man have said they will not welcome asylum seekers on behalf of the UK.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is considering plans to send people to processing centers abroad to overhaul the immigration system, according to the Daily Mail and The Times.
She is expected to release details next week on the program according to which people arriving by illegal methods, such as crossing the Channel in small boats, would be returned to a third country for any complaints to be addressed.
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said on Thursday he had not had any discussions with the UK and wrote to Patel the reports were ‘baseless’ and had’ no basis ”.
âImmigration is an area of ââmy responsibility as Chief Minister under Gibraltar’s constitution and I can confirm that this issue has not been raised with me at any level. I would have made it clear that this is not an area in which we think we can help the UK, âhe added.
Meanwhile, the Isle of Man has issued a statement that it is ‘self-sufficient’ and the UK government would not be able to open some sort of treatment center on the island without its consent. The UK government has not contacted the Isle of Man government about such a proposal. “
Earlier, The Guardian quoted a UK Home Office source as saying, “As people die on perilous journeys, we would be irresponsible if we did not consider all leads.”
The latest proposals have been criticized by immigration experts who have called them “ ineffective ” and “ inhumane ”.
According to British Red Cross Chief Executive Mike Adamson, âThe relocation of the UK asylum system will not solve the reasons why people take dangerous trips in the first place and will almost certainly have serious consequences. humanitarian. “
âFrom children rescued by Kinder transport to those displaced by the decade-long conflict in Syria, providing sanctuary in the heart of our communities is what those fleeing conflict and persecution need and should be a key feature of world Britain as a force for good. Being hosted in offshore facilities is the opposite of that.