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Priti Patel to demand action from G7 to tackle illegal immigration

The Home Secretary is to raise the issue when she chairs the G7 meeting of interior ministers this week. The summit in Lancaster House between Tuesday and Thursday will also deal with the continuing effects of the Afghanistan debacle and providing safety for refugees from the country after the Taliban swept to power.

However, Ms Patel will call on G7 counterparts to work together to crack down on illegal migration and the organised criminal networks that facilitate the trade in vulnerable migrants.

Her words follow a difficult summer for Britain where illegal migrants have been coming into the country on small boats launched in France, a fellow G7 member, across the English Channel.

Meanwhile, another G7 member Italy has been under siege from illegal migrants crossing from north Africa across the Mediterranean.

And there has been criticism of Joe Biden’s administration for failing to secure the Mexican border with illegal migrants coming into the US.

The Home Secretary will reiterate that the shared challenge of illegal migration requires a collaborative response.

She will set out the reforms and action the UK Government is taking through its New Plan for Immigration and will call on all G7 nations to work together to take tough action in breaking up these criminal gangs who pose a threat to all nations border security. 

She will tell counterparts that the people smugglers have no respect for human life and are lining their pockets through the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable migrants.

She will say to Interior Ministers that only by cracking down on those breaking our laws and facilitating illegally entry to our countries can we ensure we have the time, resources, and capacity to focus on those in genuine need.

The Home Secretary will also speak with counterparts about their efforts to support vulnerable Afghans and will set out details of the leading role the UK is playing through its established Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and new Afghanistan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme (ACRS).

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Ms Patel said: “The ongoing crisis in Afghanistan has underlined the vital importance of prioritising those in genuine need.

“The UK has led the international response through creating one of the most generous resettlement schemes in British history.

“But we cannot do this alone – all of the G7 must have the courage, conviction, and heart to step up and help those that need it most.”

Through ARAP, more than 7,000 Afghans who worked with the UK in Afghanistan and their families have been evacuated to safety in the UK, and the scheme remains open to applications from any country, for individuals who are eligible.

The G7 will meet from September 7 to 9 at Lancaster House in London. It is the first UK chaired in-person gathering of G7 Interior Ministers in almost 15 years.


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