By Adetokunbo FAKEYE
London - The Illegal Migration Bill in the UK has received royal assent, meaning that the government's sweeping asylum reforms have become law.
The bill, as analyzed by Dr George Ogunjimi, Principal Partner, Juris Republic Solicitors & Advocates, includes a number of changes to the UK's immigration system.
The changes, he said, include: Making it more difficult for people to claim asylum in the UK.
"The bill introduces a number of new criteria that people will need to meet in order to be eligible for asylum, including showing that they have a "well-founded fear of persecution" in their home country", he said.
Dr. Ogunjimi stated that the bill now make it easier for the government to remove people who have entered the UK illegally.
"The bill introduces a number of new powers for the government to remove people who have entered the UK illegally, including powers to detain people indefinitely and to send them to "safe third countries. Making it more difficult for people to challenge removal decisions.
"The bill introduces a number of new restrictions on people's right to challenge removal decisions, including making it more difficult for people to get legal aid for immigration cases", he affirmed.
The Illegal Migration Bill has however been met with mixed reactions. Some people have welcomed the bill, saying that it is necessary to crack down on illegal immigration, whike others have criticized the bill, saying that it is inhumane and that it will make it more difficult for genuine asylum seekers to get the help they need.
The law has changed significantly now that the Illegal Migration Bill has royal assent. It will be interesting to see how the new laws are implemented and how they impact people who are seeking asylum in the UK.
Here are some additional details about the changes to the law as stated by Dr. Ogunjimi.
1. New criteria for asylum: The bill introduces a new definition of "refugee" that is more restrictive than the current definition and this means that it will be more difficult for people to qualify for asylum in the UK.
2. New powers to remove people: The bill gives the government new powers to detain people indefinitely and to send them to "safe third countries". This means that people who have entered the UK illegally could be held in detention for a long time, even if they are eventually allowed to stay in the UK.
3. Restrictions on legal challenges: The bill makes it more difficult for people to challenge removal decisions. This means that people who are facing removal from the UK will have fewer options to fight their case.
"The Illegal Migration Bill is a significant piece of legislation that will have a major impact on people who are seeking asylum in the UK. It will be important to monitor how the new laws are implemented and to assess their impact on people's lives", Dr. Ogunjimi said.