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Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be good to follow the model of the Syrian resettlement programme, brought in by David Cameron, in respect of Afghanistan? Indeed, countries such as Canada are considering many more than us, and, because their system is not clogged up with people arriving illegally, they can have much wider scope for the legal settlement schemes.

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Just for the record, did the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate just say that the last Labour Government was breaking international law?

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: As we have already discussed, the majority of the people who come to our shores come from France. There is a safe route from France. Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting we should give these people Eurostar tickets?

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: When I was in Nigeria I heard from the Nigerian Home Secretary that the system often contributed to family break-up rather than reunion. The people smugglers perpetuated the lie that people who could get a teenage child to the UK would be able to follow. In fact, it has always been the principle of family reunion that children must travel to where their families are and not the other way round.

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I was not suggesting that the hon. Lady was advocating people smuggling, but unfortunately the law of unintended consequences comes into play. Taking Syrian families under our vulnerable persons resettlement scheme was the right way to proceed. None of the people I visited in refugee camps in Jordan had the means to pay people smugglers. In many ways, it is a means-tested operation if the...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Lady accept that the 242 Afghan refugees who are temporarily in Scarborough before being relocated around the country came here by safe and legal routes? I am sure that when the Minister responds, he will explain how we can set up different, and better, legal routes to get some of those vulnerable people here. That must not be done by feeding into the people-smuggling industry.

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Nobody doubts anyone in this Parliament on their compassion or their feeling for people who are in very vulnerable situations. We should not agree, however, on the route that the hon. Lady is almost advocating—using people smugglers—which is, in effect, means-testing the refugee process so that only those who have the money to pay the people smugglers can come, not the people who are...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Would the hon. Gentleman describe a person who has come directly to the UK from France as a person escaping persecution? If so, will he describe the sort of persecution that that person might have experienced in France?

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that these amendments play into the business model of the people smugglers in that they would discourage people from claiming asylum in the first safe country they reach, tempting them to make the hazardous journey in a non-seaworthy craft across the channel, feeding into the organised criminals who prey on those poor vulnerable people?

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 10 - Differential treatment of refugees (21 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the other reasons people come to the UK is that the payment to the people smugglers is only the deposit and the main payment is through modern slavery, forced labour or other ways in which those people are being exploited when they get here? Often, for example, Vietnamese people coming here are put into prostitution or nail bars and that type of...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 2 - Historical inability of unmarried fathers to transmit citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: If a married couple has a child, the assumption is made that the man is the biological father, even though anyone who has seen “The Jeremy Kyle Show” will know that that is not always the case. If a couple is living together when a child is born, will DNA evidence be required in some or any cases, or will it be assumed that the man is the biological father?

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 1 - Historical Inability of Mothers to Transmit Citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Or indeed joining the British Army. I had a constituent whose mother was German and was married to a British citizen, who was in the British Army in Germany at the time. My constituent apparently could not join the British Army. He had to go through the process and pay the citizenship fees to join the British Army.

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 1 - Historical Inability of Mothers to Transmit Citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: The principle of fees reflecting the cost of delivering the service is a good one that should be applied widely across Government. It is applied, for example, at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for some of the processes that it carries out for motorists. The Passport Office reflects the cost of issuing a passport in the fee that it charges. In the vast majority of cases, the cost of...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 1 - Historical Inability of Mothers to Transmit Citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: As I was saying, I would always scrutinise the officials and say, “Does it actually cost this much to apply?” They gave me evidence that this was indeed an expensive operation. As I said, often fake documents are presented, and forensic work needs to be done to ensure that the identity of the person is as stated, and that the documents provided in evidence are correct.

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 1 - Historical Inability of Mothers to Transmit Citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: As I said, I hope that the Minister will reassure us of the principle that was certainly in effect when I was in the Home Office: that this is not an opportunity to make a profit out of these people, but merely to recover the cost. I believe that the amendments will place a greater burden on taxpayers as a whole for a service that is being provided to these applicants. I am also a little...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 1 - Historical Inability of Mothers to Transmit Citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I hear what the hon. Gentleman says, but I maintain my view that the Government have it right on this occasion: the fees should reflect the cost of delivering those services, and should not fall more widely on taxpayers as a whole. Of course I have a right to a British passport, but that does not mean that I should not pay the fee to ensure that the passport is applied to me, not to somebody...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 1 - Historical Inability of Mothers to Transmit Citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I completely understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, but I maintain my position that although it is a right for these people to apply for citizenship, the cost of their doing so, and indeed the cost of ensuring that people who may be fraudulently trying to avail themselves of citizenship, should not fall disproportionately on taxpayers as a whole but on the applicants. As long as the...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 1 - Historical Inability of Mothers to Transmit Citizenship (19 Oct 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I understand some of what the hon. Gentleman is saying but, by way of clarification, may I point out that there is never any doubt as to who the mother of a child is, but there are occasionally questions over the paternity? Does the wording of the amendment make it easier to define who the father is? Sometimes someone’s parent may not be the biological father. Is the difference between a...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 Sep 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Q My question is directed to the ladies joining us down the line. When we worked with the French Government to clear the camps at Sangatte and brought 750 asylum seekers across, about 90% of those were men. Do you share my concerns that illegal routes of entry to the UK tend to very much favour men, whereas some of the more organised routes through the UNHCR and the resettlement programmes...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 Sep 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Q I have a quick follow-up questions. We heard this morning from the Australian high commissioner that the people smugglers who were bringing people to Australia did not in the main have connections with organised criminals in Australia, but we know that the organised smugglers who bring people to the UK most certainly have connections with modern slavery. Vietnamese people are brought to...


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