Over 90 percent of rejected asylum seekers were not deported in 2020

Over ninety percent of rejected asylum seekers in 2020 were not deported by the UK Home Office, an analysis by the Oxford Migration Observatory found.

The Conservative government’s dismal record in regaining control of the country’s borders has been demonstrated yet again, with 91 per cent of migrants denied asylum in the year the UK left the European Union set free was allowed to remain in the country.

According to the Oxford Migration Observatory, provided to The guard newspaper, showed that of the 3,632 asylum seekers, only 314 were actually deported from the country. This follows the long-term trend of declining deportations achieved by successive Tory governments, with 81 per cent allowed to stay in 2019 compared to 38 per cent in 2013.

The problem has continued to grow, with only 113 rejected asylum seekers successfully deported in 2021, compared to 6,771 in 2010.

dr Commenting on the findings, Peter William Walsh, senior researcher at the Migration Observatory, said: “There is some evidence that the Home Office has reduced its enforcement action and is relying more on action from its hostile environment to remove irregular migrants, including unsuccessful asylum-seekers.

“The data shows that this approach does not result in a significant number of rejected asylum seekers being deported.”

One of the main issues the government has faced in enforcing migrant returns has been France’s reluctance to reach an agreement to take back illegal migrants who have made their way from their beaches to the UK in record numbers. In lieu of such a deal, the Home Office has reached an agreement with the African nation of Rwanda to house migrants while their asylum claims are being processed, rather than allowing them to remain on British soil in the meantime.

Since 2018, over 50,000 illegal migrants have successfully reached the UK on often unseaworthy inflatable boats dropped off by people smugglers in Calais and other French coastal areas. So far this year over 11,000 have arrived via the Channel route.

The plan to send the illegals to Rwanda has been touted as the government’s top policy to deter further illegal immigration, as the Home Office warned that between 65,000 and 100,000 foreigners could land this year.

However, that policy was decisively thwarted this month when the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) intervened to block the deportation of the seven illegals whom the government had managed to bypass British courts and onto the plane reach.

Despite Britain leaving the EU in 2020, the country remained in supposedly separate European institutions, namely the Council of Europe, of which the ECHR is a part. Brexit advocates like Nigel Farage have called on the government to remove the UK from the ECHR and other European institutions in order to fully fulfill the promise of regaining control of its borders.

The government appears to have opted for a compromise of sorts, introducing legislation in the forthcoming UK Bill of Rights that will allow ministers to ignore ECtHR judgments on the deportation of migrants and empower the UK Supreme Court to do so to have the last word on deportations.

Implementation of such a fix will not come until later this year, meaning flights can still be blocked by the European Court in the meantime. It also remains to be seen whether the UK judiciary will be more willing to allow deportations of migrants to Rwanda, given its history of siding with illegal migrants and foreign criminals.

Meanwhile, the ECtHR has been criticized by one of its own judges for refusing to reveal the identity of the judge who blocked the deportation flight to Rwanda, despite allegedly being a public court.

Talking to Britain The Express Tabloid, ECHR judge Latif Hüseynov said: “It was a public decision, so the judge’s name should be published for the sake of transparency.”

Upon learning that the UK government, one of those responsible in the case, was not even aware of the judge’s identity, Mr Hüseynov responded by saying: “Oh wow.”

Conservative MP Robert Halfon said: “You should be able to find out who the judge was in less than five seconds,” adding: “The British public voted to leave the European Union to let Britain make its own laws and decide can what is best for Britain.

“What’s the point of leaving the EU when an unaccountable foreign court is able to overrule what the British Parliament has said?”

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