Daily Management Review

UK Home Office to introduce electronic tagging of illegal migrants


The UK Home Office has begun a 12-month trial programme to trace whereabouts of illegal migrants coming in the nation using electronic tracking.

Alisdare Hickson
Alisdare Hickson
Authorities want to see how successful electronic tagging is at "enhancing and sustaining communication" with illegal immigrants throughout their asylum application process in the UK. The idea has already been dubbed "draconian" and "punitive" by human rights advocates and members of the shadow government, according to The Guardian. The country’s government also intends to utilize electronic surveillance to determine how often illegal migrants evade detection.

The concept proposes that all migrants, with the exception of infants and pregnant women, be given an electronic bracelet to track their movements after they arrive in the UK via one of the unlawful routes (small boats over the English Channel or trailers through the Channel Tunnel). Wristband holders will also be obliged to report to local authorities at regular intervals, their movements may be restricted, and they may be prohibited from visiting particular locations.

Those who break these regulations will be arrested and prosecuted. The first to receive such wristbands are anticipated to be the 130 migrants who were scheduled to go to Rwanda as part of another Home Office experiment last week but were unable to do so owing to flight delays.

Human rights advocates and certain politicians, on the other hand, have made no secret of their displeasure. According to Claire Moseley, founder of the organization Care4Calais, "refugees are often not hiding" from authorities.

The project, according to shadow cabinet immigration minister Stephen Kinnock, is "another desperate attempt to divert public attention away from the fact that asylum decisions have fallen sharply under the current Home Secretary, the backlog of applications is growing, and the problem of criminal gangs is not being addressed at all."

source: theguardian.com