UK plans to send asylum seekers to offshore camps

The United Kingdom is planning to introduce legislation that would enable authorities to send asylum seekers to an offshore asylum processing centre in Africa. The media reports say that it would be an Australian-style offshore centre.

The Times newspaper reported on Monday that UK Home Secretary Priti Patel talks with Denmark about sharing a processing centre in Africa as part of the plan.

The main opposition Labour Party decried the plan as “unconscionable”.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said Labour would oppose the Nationality and Borders Bill, which is focused on ensuring people who enter the UK without documentation can be returned to the European countries through which they travelled, Aljazeera reported.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said the UK should seek solutions through cooperation, “instead of shifting responsibility to less wealthy countries”.

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