It appears that the UK Home Office has since abandoned plans to send asylum seekers to such remote places, the paper reported.
But the fact that the idea was launched also drew the ire of opposition lawmakers and human rights defenders in Britain, who called it “heartless” and more.
“This ridiculous idea is inhumane, completely impractical and incredibly expensive, so it seems entirely plausible that this Tory government invented it,”
The concept also compared Australia’s controversial offshore migrant treatment centers, which Australian officials have defended as necessary to stop dangerous sea crossings to Australia, but which human rights advocates have long condemned as cruel. .
A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street confirmed that the UK government is reviewing policies on illegal migration and asylum seekers but did not provide further details.
A Home Office official said in an e-mailed statement: “The UK has a long and proud history of providing shelter to those in need of protection. Tens of thousands of people have rebuilt their lives in the UK and we will continue to provide safe and legal pathways in the future. ”
“As ministers have said, we are developing plans to reform policies and laws on illegal migration and asylum to ensure that we are able to provide protection to those who need it, while preventing abuse of the system and crime associated with it, “the statement said. .
Later Wednesday, the Guardian reported examining documents suggesting Downing Street had considered sending asylum seekers to Morocco, Papua New Guinea and Moldova.
A YouGov.com poll found that Brits split over the concept of a treatment center for asylum seekers on Ascension Island: 40% said it was a good idea, 35% opposed and 25 % said he didn’t know.
Patel has pledged to crack down on a recent wave of boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers across the Channel. This month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he sympathizes with people fleeing difficult conditions at home, but that crossing the Channel “also undermines the legitimate claims of others seeking asylum in this country.”
“We will address the rigidities of our laws that make this country, I fear, a target and a magnet for those who exploit vulnerable people in this way,” he said.
In August alone, according to the BBC, nearly 1,500 people crossed the English Channel on small boats.
Conservative MP Laura Trott said it was “absolutely right” that Britain was investigating offshore options as a way to “reduce pressure” on Kent, where many boats are landing after crossing the Channel, the BBC reported.
Labor MP Zarah Sultana tweeted that such a plan it would be “an absolutely heartless way to deal with desperate people.”
For years Australia has refused entry to asylum seekers who attempted to reach the country by boat. Instead, passengers were redirected to Nauru and Manus Island offshore processing centers, where many languished for years without being resettled.
In the office of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, he holds a small statue of a boat, with the words “I quit these,” engraved on the side, the New York Times reported.
Lawyers have warned in recent years that children housed in offshore centers were showing signs of discharge disturbance, a medical condition caused by extreme stress that can cause people to stop talking or eating. Some children have attempted suicide.
Karla Adam in London contributed to this report.