Asylum claims from EU nationals to be stopped – Theresa May

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced that the Government will end the absurdity of allowing EU nationals to make asylum claims in the UK.

In the last five years, the UK has received 551 asylum claims from people from other EU countries – including member states like Poland and Spain – at a cost of £4.2 million to the UK taxpayer.[1]

Such claims are currently processed through the full asylum system, which includes a substantive interview and the requirement to write a detailed refusal letter, even though almost every such claim is then certified as clearly unfounded.

This goes beyond the UK’s obligations under EU law. There is provision in the Amsterdam Treaty to make such claims inadmissible on the basis that EU Member States are deemed to be safe countries. The UK will invoke these powers – the so-called ‘Spanish Protocol’ – for the first time, meaning that asylum claims from EU nationals can be automatically dismissed.

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The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said:

We will end this absurdity, saving public money and creating space in our asylum system to help more people who really need our protection.  We will invoke the ‘Spanish Protocol’ of the Amsterdam Treaty and automatically rule asylum claims from EU member states as inadmissible.

‘By taking a tougher approach to those who do not need our help, we can give more support to vulnerable people who are in real and urgent need of our protection.

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