New government law is an ‘anti-refugee’ bill, Coventry advisers say


Coventry councilors have called on the government to reject the Nationality and Borders Bill.

If the Nationality and Borders Bill were to pass Parliament, it would mean the UK government could strip someone of their citizenship without having to tell them.

Members of Coventry Council issued statements this morning (February 15) saying the bill is more of an ‘anti-refugee bill’ than something that would protect the UK.

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It comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel said the law would be used in “exceptional circumstances” on who poses the greatest risk to the UK, reports the BBC.

The deputy head of the CCC, Councilor Abdul Salam Khan, said the bill would criminalize those seeking safety by “threatening them with deportation or incarceration”.

“We do not believe that the Government’s Nationality and Boundaries Bill adequately addresses these issues in any capacity and instead creates a two-tier system; criminalizing those who seek safety because of the method by which they arrive by threatening them with deportation or incarceration and perpetuating hate speech around refugees and asylum seekers,” he added.

“Instead, we believe this is an ‘anti-refugee’ bill that undermines not only an individual’s right to security, but also our legal and moral obligation as as a global nation to support those most in need in accordance with precedent set in international and national law.



Refugee families in Coventry who arrived through the UK Government Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) to English lessons provided by Coventry City Council and partners

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“This bill will only exacerbate the problem of cases awaiting determination, warehouse people in larger accommodation centers and push many refugees into temporary and precarious situations.”

Coventry Refugee and Migrant Center supports people seeking protection from war.

Center director Toni Somi said: ‘It was very disappointing to hear that the bill has been passed, but hard work in the UK continues to create a better and more caring approach for people. in search of security.



Demonstrators on the beach at King Edward's Bay in Tynemouth to show solidarity with refugees and protest against the Nationality and Borders Bill which is currently before Parliament
Demonstrators on the beach at King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth to show solidarity with refugees and protest against the Nationality and Borders Bill which is currently before Parliament

“We challenged the bill and called for the possibility of fair and efficient hearings, ensuring that people can live with dignity in communities while they wait to hear whether they will receive protection.

“We want a system that allows people to rebuild their lives and make valuable contributions to our communities.”

The bill is currently at report stage in the House of Lords ahead of third reading. It will then be sent to the final stages where it will be reviewed for edits before coming to a final conclusion.

Toni added: “We have seen the terrible consequences of the lack of safe routes with the tragic loss of life as people attempt to cross the English Channel. These deaths were preventable, and no one should feel like their only option for finding safety is to cross the world’s busiest shipping lane in a dinghy.

“If people have access to a safe route, they will use it. We need a better system based on safety and compassion that provides safe routes for people seeking safety in the UK. need now.”

The statements come six months to the day after the Taliban invaded Kabul.

Protesters across the country have also shown their support for refugees since news of the bill broke.

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