Benefits for migrants whose asylum requests fail to be stripped away
As the Calais/Kent migrant crisis grows, the government is getting busy drawing up new methods to dissuade migrants from coming, and to make life in Britain harder for them.
Over the weekend, Cameron was bluntly called out for “playing politics”, by the Swedish justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson, who reminded the prime minister that seeking asylum in a foreign country is not illegal, and is a basic human right.
Cameron had last week said that moves would be undertaken to ensure that “British holidaymakers are able to go on their holidays”, and described the migrants as “a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean”.
The Refugee Council, which works with asylum seekers in Britain, described Cameron’s use of the word “swarm” as “irresponsible, dehumanising language”.
Landlords to police migrants
The latest sally from the government comes in the form of a move to prosecute landlords who don’t kick out those migrants renting rooms whose asylum requests fail.
Failure to check a migrant’s status could end up with landlords facing up to five years in prison if they are found to be repeat offenders.
A scheme currently being piloted in the West Midlands, where landlords are required to check the immigration status of tenants, will be extended across the country.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “We are determined to crack down on rogue landlords who make money out of illegal immigration – exploiting vulnerable people and undermining our immigration system. In future, landlords will be required to ensure that the people they rent their properties to are legally entitled to be in the country. We will also require them to meet their basic responsibilities as landlords, cracking down on those who rent out dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties.”
Meanwhile the Home Office has confirmed it will strip benefits from migrants whose applications for asylum fail.
Currently about 10,000 failed asylum seekers in the UK receive a taxpayer-funded allowance of £36 a week, because they are staying in Britain to be with their families.