In July 2021, the government published its plans for overhauling the asylum system in the UK. Like refugee organisations up and down the country, Asylum Welcome recognises that this anti-refugee bill will undermine refugee protection in Britain and destroy our reputation as a hospitable nation.
Before the Bill entered Parliament, the government held a consultation process on the New Plan for Immigration, which we contributed to, along with numerous other refugee support organisations. Although 75 per cent of respondents expressed opposition to the government’s plans, there is no evidence that any recommendations were implemented.
The new Nationality and Borders Bill was then debated in Parliament on the 19th and 20th July. It passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons by 366 votes to 265. It will enter the next stage – the committee stage – in the autumn.
For more information, please watch the video we created in anticipation of the Second Reading below…