UK Parliament committee blasts government migration policy

UK Parliament committee blasts government migration policy

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Moscow, Mar 5 : The UK Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) issued on Tuesday a report that criticized the government’s migration policy by calling it "disconnected and incoherent."

According to the report, called "Forced Displacement in Africa: Anchors not Walls," the current UK migration policy is pitting the Department for International Development (DFID) against the Home Office.
"There is a pressing need for a more joined-up approach to migration and displacement across Government. UK Government policy on displacement and migration is frequently opaque, disconnected and incoherent. DFID encourages host governments to give refugees the right to work, whilst the Home Office significantly limits asylum seekers’ right to work in the UK. DFID pushes for durable solutions for refugees, whilst the Home Office limits the number of resettlement places in the UK," the summary of the report said.

The lawmakers pointed out that there was a real risk that the migration policies pursued by some parts of the UK government could clash with the work of others.The committee has also called on the UK government to double the number of vulnerable refugees who are offered resettlement in the United Kingdom to 10,000 per year.

"We support the call from UNHCR [UN Refugee Agency] for the UK to increase the number of annual resettlement places available to 10,000 and argue that a quarter of places should be reserved for refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa. This will show those countries hosting the lion’s share of refugees that the UK is willing to shoulder some of that burden and give some of those most vulnerable refugees the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the UK," the IDC said.
The United Kingdom took a tough stance on migration after the country began experiencing a mass refugee influx in 2013. The UK-EU disagreements on migration policy were one of the key reasons the UK people chose to leave the bloc in the 2016 Brexit referendum.