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22 March 2023 - Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill - Oral evidence

Committee Human Rights (Joint Committee)
Inquiry Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Start times: 2:45pm (private) 3:00pm (public)

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Human rights implications of Illegal Migration Bill examined

The Joint Committee on Human Rights begins its legislative scrutiny of the Illegal Migration Bill on Wednesday 22 March when it takes evidence from immigration barrister, Colin Yeo; international law expert, Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci and Refugee Council representative, Jon Featonby.

The Illegal Migration Bill was introduced on 7 March. The Government has said the bill would deter illegal entry into the UK, combat people smuggling and make it easier to remove people who do not have a legal right to remain. It would also allow for an annual cap on the number of people admitted to the UK under ‘safe and legal’ asylum routes.

Likely areas of questioning

In this evidence session, the Committee will examine how the clauses in the bill would affect rights protected under the European Convention on Human Rights. This will include measures intended to improve the Government’s ability to remove people who come to the UK by irregular means and prevent wrongful modern slavery claims. It will also question whether it meets the UK’s human rights obligations under international treaties, including the Refugee Convention and the UN Convention on Rights of the Child.

Meeting details

At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill
Chief Policy Analyst at Refugee Council
Barrister at Garden Court Chambers
Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Executive Director of Strategy and Communications at British Red Cross


Room 2, Palace of Westminster

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