Throughout an proof listening to with the Lords dwelling affairs and justice committee on Wednesday, the house secretary informed MPs that the usage of inns as asylum lodging had been a “pull issue” for folks to enter the nation illegally.
However Patel is “peddling harmful myths” about asylum seekers that “shortly turn into the rallying cries of the far proper”, the chief govt of Refugee Motion stated.
Tim Naor Hilton added: “The federal government should cease its vile coverage of whipping up hatred in opposition to households fleeing violence and persecution and repair the asylum system that its personal incompetence has damaged.”
Patel informed the committee that single males arriving on small boats had been “financial migrants” and weren’t coming to the UK to flee persecution.
However Labour MP Neil Coyle disputed Patel, saying that the House Workplace “finds most [asylum seekers] real” and the division “picks the inns”.
He added: “[Patel] just isn’t one to let info get in the way in which of the filthy Tory tradition warfare.”
Earlier this yr, a gaggle of asylum seekers staying in a lodge in Studying went on hunger strike in protest at poor meals and prolonged asylum claims.
A few of these staying on the lodge claimed they’d been housed in rooms for over eight months and complained that the meals was unhealthy and inadequate.
Watch: Migrants arrive in Dover after making an attempt Channel crossing
Throughout Wednesday’s committee listening to, Patel raised considerations about many asylum seekers being homes in inns when requested about plans to introduce reception centres for giant teams of refugees.
She blamed the pandemic of the usage of inns, telling MPs: “We’ve ended up having to place folks into lodge lodging and I’m afraid, I believe it’s fairly suboptimal.
“It’s counterproductive; I believe it’s additionally acted as a pull issue for folks to come back to the nation illegally, pondering that they’re going to finish up in inns.”
A report by the Refugee Council claimed that folks within the inns are given £8 every week, are left with out sufficient meals and clothes and need to share rooms with strangers.
Patel lately introduced a brand new coverage of not contemplating asylum claims of anybody passing by way of a “secure” nation earlier than arriving within the UK.
She informed the committee listening to: “In final yr, 70% of people on small boats are single males who’re successfully financial migrants. They don’t seem to be real asylum seekers.
“They’re actually elbowing as a result of they’re able to pay the smugglers and get in touch with gangs…
“These are those elbowing the ladies and youngsters who’re completely in danger and fleeing persecution.”
Patel’s feedback got here because it was feared as many as three people could be missing at sea after a ship tried to cross waters from France to the UK earlier this week.
However she insisted efforts to deal with migrant crossings – which permits Border Pressure officers to show migrant boats round at sea again in direction of France – are about “saving lives and stopping folks drowning”.
She informed the committee listening to: “We don’t wish to see folks dying at sea. We wish to cease folks drowning at sea. I can’t emphasise this sufficient.”
Earlier this week, a choose dominated that Brent Council acted unlawfully when putting three unaccompanied asylum-seekers in a lodge pending assessments of their age.
The three asylum-seekers argued that the council had not met obligations below laws governing the care of youngsters.
Because the begin of the yr, greater than 17,000 migrants have succeeded in reaching the UK – double the determine for the entire of 2020.
Watch: Aerial pictures present UK Border Pressure gathering migrants