The UK Government continues to assess “all options” to control illegal immigration, doing everything possible to “prevent their escape”, as they say from the British Executive to the BBC. Thus, since the government of Rishi Sunak they have not ruled out the placement of electronic devices or bracelets to control those immigrants who enter undocumented.
It was the British Minister of the Interior, Suella Braverman, who explained to the BBC that the Executive “is evaluating all the options” in order to “exercise some control” over those asylum seekers who cross into the United Kingdom irregularly through the English Channel in small boats. Thus, she alluded in this sense to the recent implementation of new “benchmark” legislation, the so-called Illegal Migration Law, which gives them “the power to detain those who arrive here illegally and bring them promptly to a safe country like Rwanda.”
The UK Illegal Migration Act allows controversial possibilities such as “wearing electronic bracelets”
As explained by the British newspaper The Times, the shortage of accommodation places for these asylum seekers leads the British Ministry of the Interior to explore other alternatives. Thus, it was the newspaper who explained this “possibility” that the British Executive is considering. With this Illegal Migration Law, the Government has a legal obligation to detain those people who enter this country irregularly and send them either to Rwanda -with whom it has an agreement- or to another “safe” third country.
At the end of last June, more than 175,000 people were waiting to hear a decision on their asylum application, 44% more migrants in that situation compared to the 122,213 registered a year ago, which has an annual cost for the taxpayer of almost 4,000 million pounds (4,600 million euros). Thus, EFE explains that this increase has been driven by asylum seekers who cross the country through the English Channel in small boats -19,000 so far this year- and who process their asylum application upon arrival in the United Kingdom.