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Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill

Inquiry

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is conducting legislative scrutiny of the Illegal Migration Bill as the Bill engages numerous rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which are given effect in domestic law by the Human Rights Act 1998 (“the HRA”).

The Illegal Migration Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 7 March 2023 and had its Second Reading debate on 13 March.  Upon introduction of the Bill the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Suella Braverman KC MP, made a statement required under the HRA that she was unable to certify that the provisions of the Bill are compatible with Convention rights but nevertheless wishes the House to proceed with the Bill (this is known as a section 19 (1) (b) statement).

The Government has said that purpose of the Bill is to “create a scheme whereby anyone arriving illegally in the UK will be promptly removed to their home country or to a safe third country to have any asylum claim processed”. The Government has also said the Bill will:

  • deter illegal entry into the UK;
  • break the business model of the people smugglers and save lives;
  • promptly remove those with no legal right to remain in the UK; and
  • make provision for setting an annual cap on the number of people to be admitted to the UK for resettlement through safe and legal asylum routes.

Read our call for evidence and submit your views by 6th of April.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 6 April 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Twelfth Report - Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill
Inquiry Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill
HC 1241 / HL Paper 208
Report
Response to this report
Eighth Special Report - Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill: Government Response to the Committee’s Twelfth Report
HC 1790
Special Report
Eighth Special Report - Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill: Government Response to the Committee’s Twelfth Report
Inquiry Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill
HC 1790
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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29 March 2023
Inquiry Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill
Witnesses UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Oral Evidence
29 March 2023
Inquiry Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill
Witnesses Sir Stephen Laws (Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange), University of Oxford, and Migration Observatory
Oral Evidence
22 March 2023
Inquiry Legislative Scrutiny: Illegal Migration Bill
Witnesses Refugee Council, Colin Yeo (Barrister at Garden Court Chambers), British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and British Red Cross
Oral Evidence
KIND UK (IMB0069)
Glasgow City Council (IMB0077)
Leon Spring (Journalist and academic researcher at The Migration Trials investigation project) (IMB0063)

Contact us

The Committee is unable to look into individual cases

  • Email: jchr@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 0207 219 2793 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 8430 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Joint Committee on Human Rights, Houses of Parliament. London. SW1A 0AA