Together raises concerns over New Plan for Immigration

Date: 14th May 2021
Category: Refugee and asylum seeking children

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We have supported a joint letter by the Scottish Refugee Council and responded to the UK Government’s consultation to highlight children’s human rights concerns.

Sent to the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Scotland, Together joined other organisations expressing deep concerns for the proposals in the Home Secretary’s New Plan for Immigration.

The Plan proposes to link the right to seek asylum to the way families and children have travelled to the UK. The letter outlines that this is a fundamental threat to the principles underpinning children and families’ right to seek asylum in the UK. Moreover, the Plan proposes to limit family reunion rights, which is contrary to Articles 9 and 10 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In response to the UK Government’s consultation on the Plan, Together expressed further children’s rights concerns over the use of age assessments, human trafficking, detention centres, data collection, access to independent guardians and return procedures.