UK opts out of EU directive on asylum?

Last Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 22:06

London: Britain has refused to implement two
asylum directives of the European Union as part of its moves
to be tough on immigration and asylum seekers.

Signing up to the EU`s Reception Conditions Directive
would have forced Britain to allow asylum seekers to work
after six months, even if their claims had been refused and
they were appealing against the decision.

Immigration Minister Damian Green has informed Parliament
that the UK will not be opting into the EU asylum directives.

According to him, the directives would have `restricted
the country`s ability to run an asylum system which is both
fair and efficient`.

"This Government does not support a common asylum system
in Europe. That is why we have not opted in to these
directives and will not opt in to any proposal which would
weaken our border," Green said.

A Home Office release said that signing up to the
directives would have sent out the "wrong message, encouraging
those who do not need our protection to make unfounded asylum
claims".

"It would also have required all detention to be
authorised by a judge, whether or not the detainee wanted to
apply for bail. This would have placed a burden on our courts
and been costly for the British taxpayer," the Home Office
said in a statement.

It said that opting in to the Procedures Directive "would
have jeopardised ways of working which enable the UK to manage
straightforward asylum claims effectively - in particular the
Detained Fast Track which provides speedy but fair decisions
for asylum seekers whose claims can be decided quickly,".

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 22:06

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