In the United Kingdom, an saturated asylum system and a Minister of the Interior in the hot seat

Britain's Home Secretary Suella Braverman leaves a meeting with Rishi Sunak's new government, in Downing Street, London, October 26, 2022.

An interior minister under fire from critics, an asylum system that is cracking everywhere: the migration issue is once again making headlines in the United Kingdom, while crossings of the Channel in makeshift boats (small boats) increase exponentially. Since the start of the year, almost 40,000 people have already arrived in Kent, in the south-east of England, twice as many as in 2021 at the same time, five times more than there are two years.

Suella Braverman, interior minister and muse of the ferociously anti-migrant Conservative Party right, is still fighting for her political survival. She had to resign on October 19, for having violated the ministerial code by sending sensitive documents from her private email to one of her colleagues. His departure precipitated the downfall of Prime Minister Liz Truss – resigning the following day. The latter’s successor, Rishi Sunak, nevertheless saw fit to reinstall Mme Braverman to this ultra-sensitive position. He spent “a disgusting deal” with the right of the Conservative Party to support his nomination, accuses Keir Starmer, the leader of Labor.

Too long waiting times

The minister “made an error in judgment, but she pointed it out and she accepted her mistake”, justified the new Downing Street tenant. This was not enough to dispel doubts about the minister’s skills and reliability. Especially since, Monday, October 31, Mme Braverman admitted to having used his private email on six other occasions since joining the Home Office in September to send work documents.

Its responsibility is also directly implicated in the deterioration of reception conditions in Manston. This former military base in Kent has been converted into a logistics centre, providing very temporary accommodation for people arriving in small boats, the time to receive their asylum applications. Scheduled to accommodate a maximum of 1,600 people, it has counted up to 4,000 in recent days, some of whom have been detained for four weeks.

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David Neal, Independent Migration Inspector, said ” voiceless » coping with the situation “really dangerous” observed on the spot, and the daily Tea Guardian reported on Sunday, October 30, that at least eight cases of diphtheria had been detected there. Roger Gale, a Conservative MP from Kent, even accused Mme Braverman for ignoring legal recommendations and deliberately blocking hotel bookings to get people out of Manston faster.

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