Illegal Migration Bill

An asylum seeker is someone who has applied for protection in another country because they are fleeing persecution.

Migrant refers to someone who has left their country of origin and has not claimed asylum. Some migrants leave their countries for work or study.

An illegal migrant is someone who entered the UK illegally (i.e. without a visa or prior permission) or someone who entered legally but remained in the country after their visa expired.

The Home Office has the power to remove people who have no legal right to stay in the UK.

Under the Illegal Migration Bill:

  • the home secretary has a duty to detain and remove those arriving in the UK illegally, either to Rwanda or another “safe” third country
  • migrants would not be granted bail or able to seek judicial review for the first 28 days of detention.
  • under-18s, those medically unfit to fly or at risk of serious harm in the country they are being removed to would be able to delay departure.
  • people removed from the UK would be blocked from returning or seeking British citizenship in future.

The consequences of illegal migrants knowingly to enter the UK without a visa is up to four years in jail and further action of being removed to a safe country. The Prime Minister has enforced more stringent rules such as Small Boats Command Centre bringing together the military and National Crime Agency (NCA), increased funding to the NCA and more inspections on people working illegally.

There are safe routes to enter the UK depending on your circumstances, please call or contact our experienced lawyers who can advise your accordingly on the best outcome for you or your family. You can contact us on 0116 285 8080 or email us on