Why won’t the Tories fix the the asylum system?

Chi Onwurah 

(Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab)

Having crashed the economy, impoverished so many of my constituents with the Tory mortgage premium and utterly failed to deliver the economic prosperity that they need, the Government’s one policy that was supposed to distract from all this chaos is now shown to be, as we have always said, unworkable, as well as being immoral and eye-wateringly expensive. Why does the Home Secretary not just fix the asylum system, instead of trying to outsource it?

Like many Members from all parties, I am constantly contacted by refugees who are desperate to know what is happening to their asylum claim after years of waiting, so I asked the Home Office how many refugees in Newcastle had been waiting for one, two, three, four and five years. The answer came back that the Home Office does not know—it does not even record the data. Instead of indulging in unworkable, unethical, illegal and unaffordable flights of Rwandan fantasy, why does the Home Secretary not focus on her day job and fix the asylum backlog?

 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2023-06-29/debates/6D789210-ABC0-4694-8F9B-830B494CFE39/MigrationAndEconomicDevelopmentPartnership#contribution-99069105-F30C-4D1D-908F-88AB168B784C

 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2023-07-03/debates/9BAF80D9-A467-4DB4-99E3-56E238DC2C54/AsylumApplicationBacklog#contribution-BAC945AA-4DBA-428C-BF62-FE418975C494

 

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