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The Impact of UK Government Asylum Policy and Legislation in Scotland

  • Submitted by: Emma Roddick, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 January 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-11803
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 10 January 2024

That the Parliament recognises the impact of UK Government asylum policy and legislation in Scotland, including the effect of the complex asylum system on people who have applied for protection, restrictions on the right to work and limited support available to people awaiting a decision, the increased reliance on contingency asylum accommodation caused by a backlog in Home Office decision-making, risks of maximisation policy and inadequate engagement with Scottish local authorities or public services prior to procurement of contingency accommodation, the streamlined asylum process and limited move-on period allowed once a decision has been made, and consequent impact on both newly-recognised refugees and local authorities, and the restricting of the right to seek asylum in the UK under the Illegal Migration Act 2023; is opposed to the UK Government’s pursuit of plans to relocate people to third countries to have asylum claims considered there; recognises the ruling of the Supreme Court in relation to the safety of Rwanda, and acknowledges the comments of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that the Migration and Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) between the UK and Rwanda undermines the established international refugee protection system and that the UNHCR does not consider the MEDP to comply with the UK’s obligations under international law; notes the engagement of Scottish local authorities in asylum dispersal, and agrees that the UK Government needs to engage positively with devolved governments, local authorities and public services across asylum matters to reduce negative impacts on people, communities and services.


Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Paul McLennan, Shirley-Anne Somerville

Vote

Result 89 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 10 did not vote Vote Passed

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Alba Party

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Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-11803.1

The Impact of UK Government Asylum Policy and Legislation in Scotland - Amendment - Amendment

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Supported by: Douglas Lumsden
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Result 30 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 11 did not vote Vote Defeated


Motion ref. S6M-11803.2

The Impact of UK Government Asylum Policy and Legislation in Scotland - Amendment - Amendment

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Result 20 for, 97 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote Vote Defeated