Home Office written question – answered on 22nd May 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to create safe routes for asylum seekers to enter the UK.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

The UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary through our resettlement schemes, with around half a million having used our global and country-specific routes since 2015.

These schemes have provided safe and legal routes for people from anywhere in the world to come here, and as part of the Illegal Migration Bill we have committed to introduce to an annual quota decided by this House and in consultation with local authorities to determine that number.

In keeping with most other countries around the world, we do not allow asylum claims from abroad. Those who need international protection should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach – the fastest route to safety.

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