UK government experiments with electronic tracking of asylum seekers | NOW

The UK Home Office has launched a trial to enable electronic monitoring of migrants entering the UK on boats or in the back of lorries, according to the report. BBC Saturday. It is a one-year trial targeting adults awaiting deportation.

The experiment began Thursday in England and Wales. The purpose of the test is to test whether electronic monitoring makes it easier to maintain regular contact with asylum seekers and to process their applications more efficiently. In addition, the trial aims to collect data on the number of migrants who go into hiding after arriving in the UK.

Persons on trial may be subject to a curfew. Furthermore, they can be imprisoned and sentenced if they do not adhere to certain conditions.

Critics say the plan treats immigrants like criminals. There are also concerns about possible negative effects on their mental and physical health, especially if they were victims of torture or modern slavery in the past.

Pregnant women and children are excluded from the experiment.

It is not clear how the British government decides who monitors them or not. It is established that children and pregnant women are not followed. According to British media, the first group to be monitored consists in part of asylum seekers who would actually be taken to Rwanda.

The United Kingdom signed an agreement with Rwanda in April to receive illegal immigrants and asylum seekers in the African country in exchange for a fee. In this way, London wants to prevent immigrants from France from making the dangerous journey to England, often in rickety boats and aided by human traffickers. However, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided this week to put an end to this plan.

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