Briefing paper on support provisions for immigration

Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

This briefing paper proposes seven amendments to the Immigration and Asylum Bill 1999. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission considers that the provisions of the Bill regarding the detention of asylum seekers as well as those regulating the provision of support to asylum seekers are in compliance neither with the Human Rights Act 1998 nor with international human rights standards. The Commission is particularly concerned about the possible impact of the Bill on the growing number of asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. This briefing paper sets out the Commission’s proposed amendments together with a brief explanation of the aim of the amendments.