The British government’s inability to deport failed asylum seekers will cost the British taxpayer £9 billion over the next three years, during which time a quarter of a million illegal migrants will enter the country, according to a Refugee Council report.
The pro-mass migration Refugee Council predicts that over 150,000 people will be denied asylum in Britain but will be unable to be deported, costing the country £9 billion, as a result of the government’s Illegal Migration Bill, which has yet to take effect.
Those who enter the country illegally are barred from claiming asylum in the UK and must be returned to their home country or another safe third-party country, such as Rwanda, which has agreed to host failed asylum seekers for the British government.
However, with the Rwanda scheme still mired in legal proceedings in British courts and facing further challenges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and the European Union, and particularly France, so far refusing to reach an agreement on migrant returns from the UK, it is questionable how many illegals the Home Office will be able to deport.
Because the Home Office has yet to publish an impact assessment for the illegal migration legislation, the Refugee Council has decided to publish its own.
The chief executive of the Refugee Council, Enver Solomon said: “All the evidence shows that the vast majority of those who come here by so-called irregular routes are refugees escaping bombs and bullets, violence and persecution. They take these dangerous journeys as no workable alternatives exist for them — unlike Ukrainians who were rightly able to come to the UK on a visa scheme.”
Over the next three years, the report predicted that between 225,000 and 257,000 migrants would enter the country illegally, such as on a small boat in the English Channel or on the backs of lorries. It went on to say that 39,000 to 45,000 of these migrants would be minors.
The Refugee Council warned at the end of the three-year study that between 160,000 and 192,000 migrants would have been denied asylum but would have remained in taxpayer-funded housing, with the government unable to deport them. The charity estimates that the cost of detaining and housing these migrants will cost the taxpayer between £8.7 billion and £9.6 billion over the next three years.