Oxfam response to government’s Illegal Migration Bill

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In response to the government’s Illegal Migration Bill, published today, Katy Chakrabortty, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam GB, said:

“The UK cannot hope to legislate away the reasons that drive people to our shores in search of safety. In trying to do so they not only create more cruelty and misery, but risk breaching international refugee, humanitarian and human rights law.

“No one wants to see families continue to risk their lives crossing the freezing channel in small boats. But instead of implementing this cruel bill, the UK should provide more safe and legal routes for people needing protection.

“This Bill is yet another example of the UK turning its back on some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Seeking asylum is not a crime, and those forced to flee their homes deserve compassion, dignity and the right to fair treatment. Conflict and persecution do not exist only within the confines of countries that the UK government deems worthy of a visa scheme.”


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