Priti Patel is drawing up new plans for the immigration system which turn back the clock, tearing up refugee law that has been in place since the UK signed up to the Refugee Convention in 1951.

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What are Priti Patel's plans for the immigration system?

Inventing a distinction of 'good' and 'bad' asylum seekers

Priti Patel is proposing a new resettlement scheme for refugees, which would be a welcome improvement, if it was not so incredibly narrow, and packaged alongside attempts to discredit and delegitimise all other asylum seekers. 

Under the proposals, LGBTQ+ people and those fleeing political or religious persecution will be left with no options to travel to the UK. Those at our borders trying to reach family and friends in the UK will be pushed into the hands of people smugglers.

More chaos and misery into an already-broken asylum system

Priti Patel plans to send asylum seekers to third countries, even if they have no connections there. And she's finding new ways to cut people off from legal advice. The system will grind to a halt, with people waiting desperately in limbo for months or years, prevented from rebuilding their lives and becoming part of our communities.

Priti Patel's asylum plans are a gift to traffickers

If Priti Patel was serious about protecting vulnerable people from dangerous journeys and exploitative traffickers, she would create a wide range of safe, legal routes for people to travel to the UK.

But Patel is simply not capable of designing a system that protects vulnerable people. These proposals are an attack on the principles enshrined in the Refugee Convention. We are going to have a huge fight on our hands to change these plans - are you with us?

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