Worked in Australia! Jenrick defends Rwanda plan in Kuenssberg grilling

Laura Kuennsberg quizzes Jenrick about migration challenge

Robert Jenrick today defended the Government’s illegal immigration crackdown as he said similar policies have worked in Australia.

During an appearance on the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme, the Immigration Minister warned the UK asylum system is “riddled with abuse” and must be changed “fundamentally.”

He said the Government is taking action with the Illegal Migration Bill which will “create the deterrent we desperately need” and “break the business model of the people smuggling gangs.”

Mr Jenrick pointed to Australia where similar policies were implemented to stop migrants making perilous journeys.

The Immigration Minister, who earlier this week visited North Africa and Europe, also said there is “interest in what we’re doing” from on the continent.

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Mr Jenrick said: “The asylum system is riddled with abuse, we have to be honest with ourselves.

“The way to tackle that is by changing fundamentally the way we handle asylum.

“And that’s what we’re doing with our Illegal Migration Bill. That’s got an entirely different premise to the old system.

“It’s saying if you come here illegally, for example on a small boat, you will be here for days or weeks in detained accommodation, you’ll then be returned home if it’s safe to do so, or to a safe third country like Rwanda.

“That will create the deterrent we desperately need, it will break the business model of the people smuggling gangs and it will stop the system coming under intolerable pressure like it is today.”

Mr Jenrick highlighted the success of Australia, which started sending asylum seekers to offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, when pressed that there is “deep scepticism” over whether the plan will work.

He said: “Well you say deep scepticism but actually this has worked in Australia, the one country it’s been tried.

“And I can assure you having spoken to counterparts across Europe in the last five days there is interest in what we’re doing.

“All European countries are grappling with a global migration challenge.

“I’ve just been in North Africa where there are tens of thousands of people who are waiting to make the crossing from countries like Libya and Tunisia.

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“This is a massive European challenge.

“We are taking very robust steps, I think we have the most comprehensive plan of any of the major European countries and we’re already delivering on it.”

The Illegal Migration Bill, which is currently going through the Lords, aims to ensure those who arrive in the UK without permission will be detained and promptly removed, either to their home country or a third country such as Rwanda.

The clampdown is part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s “stop the boats” pledge which he has staked his premiership on.

A record 45,728 people crossed the English Channel to the UK on small boats last year.

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