Priti Patel Says Afghans Using ‘Irregular Route’ to Enter UK Will Be ‘Treated Like Other Migrants’

The UK government pledged to relocate up to 5,000 Afghans in the UK in the first year, according to a new scheme unveiled ahead of Wednesday’s emergency debate in the House of Commons on the crisis in Afghanistan, with the resettlement plan to be later reviewed to grant relocation to a total of 20,000 individuals from the war-torn nation.

Afghans attempting to illegally cross the Channel into the UK on small boats will be treated no different to other migrants, Priti Patel appears to have indicated.

No exception would be made for those using the “irregular route” as they flee from the Taliban* Islamist group, according to the UK Home Secretary, who appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Wednesday.

Taliban, removed from power in Afghanistan by US-led forces in 2001, has claimed control of the country once again following a rapid offensive after US and NATO forces began their withdrawal in May. After seizing the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday and proclaiming their return to power, the ex-president Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

Priti Patel warned potential arrivals against attempting to resort to illegal means.

The UK Home Secretary underscored that people allowed to resettle in Britain would have to come through one of two schemes. The first is the new programme which the government claims will allow 20,000 Afghan refugees to arrive in the UK over the next five years to “start a new life in safety”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the…

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