Migrants crisis: Pearsall comments on asylum application backlog
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Former Home Office Special Advisor Claire Pearsall appeared on GB News and attacked her former employer for not prioritising key treaties with EU member states. Mr Pearsall explained the UK knew it was leaving the EU yet did not think about renewing migration deals with neighbouring countries to make it easier to return asylum seekers when they arrive at the shores. The advisor explained she supported Brexit but was furious the issue was not resolved as it has built up into the migrant crisis the country sees now.
Speaking to GB News, Ms Pearsall discussed the rumours the UK Government is considering sending illegal migrants to Albania to process.
A report in the Time suggested Albania would host an offshore processing centre for the UK but Prime Minister Edi Rama said he would “never receive refugees for richer countries”.
Ms Pearsall reflected on sending migrants away to international partners and said: “There are several things that need to be taken into account.
“You do have Brexit, and I speak as a Brexiteer before anybody starts to get upset.
“But one of the consequences of that is that we lost all the agreements with EU member states to return people to their country of origin or a country that they pass through and claimed asylum.
“So those contracts, agreements need to be renegotiated.
“Now why hasn’t that happened? That should have been top of the list.
“They should have been doing it right from the start, we know that Brexit has been coming.”
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“We knew when the end date was, so that should have been in place but also the Home Office really does need to sort out the asylum application backlog that it has.
“When I was at the Home Office, We were staggered at the backlog then.
“I think it’s probably about two or three times as bad now AND I don’t know what the solution to that is.”
Ms Pearsall added it could be that more people were needed to process the applications or to make the process simpler but creating an offshore centre would not fix the problem.
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Ms Pearsall also appeared to make reference to the Dublin Regulation, a piece of EU legislation that dictates who is responsible for an asylum seeker’s application.
The legislation allows countries within the EU to easily send asylum seekers to countries of origin meaning places like the UK would not need to approve or deny all the applications sent to them.
However, since leaving the EU, the UK is no longer part of the regulation and so any deals with EU members regarding asylum needs to be renegotiated.
Rumoured to be the Government’s plan, Dominic Raab gave some legitimacy to the report by telling Times Radio: “We are looking at international partnerships that can take the processing out of the UK in order to try and reduce the pull factor which means people think they can successfully take advantage of these routes.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel revealed 1,000 migrants reached the UK on Tuesday and has thrown support behind off-shore processing centres to deter illegal migrants.
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