Legislative Scrutiny: Nationality and Borders Bill (Part 3) – Immigration offences and enforcement Contents

Appendix 2: Analysis of survey responses

On 26 July 2021, we published a call for written evidence for individuals and organisations to respond to the questions in the Terms of Reference. Alongside this, we also published an online survey, promoted on our website and through our social media account, so we could hear a wider range of views on the human rights implications of the Bill. Our survey closed on 17 September 2021 and we received 84 responses.

Although our self-selecting survey is unlikely to be fully representative, we were keen to hear varied points of view and provide a way for people with different opinions on the Bill or experiences of the issues it raises to engage with our work.

Compassion for refugees

Many people who responded to our survey had compassion for the plight of refugees, regardless of their views on the Nationality and Borders Bill. Comments included:

Need for reform of the UK’s asylum system

We asked whether the UK’s asylum system required reform to better protect human rights. Of those who responded to this question, 47 people (57%) told us that they ‘completely agreed’ that the asylum system required reform, with a further 5 (6%) ‘somewhat’ agreeing. Just 16 people (19%) completely disagreed, with a further 5 (6%) ‘somewhat’ disagreeing.

The UK’s international obligations to refugees

We asked whether the Nationality and Borders Bill met the UK Government’s human rights obligations to refugees. 23 people (27%) told us that they either ‘completely’ or ‘somewhat’ agreed that the Bill was compatible with the Government’s obligations. However, 38 people (45%) said they ‘completely’ or ‘somewhat’ disagreed with this. Responses to our survey included:

Opposition to the Bill

Several respondents expressed concerns around aspects of the Bill, including: the criminalisation of people who make irregular journeys to the UK; the creation of a ‘two-tier system’ for refugees; proposals to return refugees to safe third countries; and the evidence requirements for asylum applications. One respondent told us:

Support for the Bill

There was also support for the Nationality and Borders Bill from a large number of respondents, many of whom were sceptical of human rights-based criticisms of the Bill. We were told:

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to send us their views.

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