The UK immigration minister, Robert Jenrick, has stated that individuals who incite racial hatred and violence while on asylum or visa status in the country will be subject to removal.
Jenrick’s call for deporting foreign nationals comes in the context of recent events, the Israel-Gaza conflict, where he condemned those foreign nationals defending the actions of Hamas and inciting anti-Semitic rhetoric during protests.
Presumably, this extends to social circles and on social media, too. He emphasised that visitors to the UK who engage in such behaviour would have their visas revoked and be required to leave the country, including international students and workers on UK visas and those on asylum.
Jenrick pointed out instances where people were glorifying terrorist activities and promoting anti-semitism. He stated that individuals spreading hate and division in the UK have no right to be there, and visas for foreign nationals engaging in such behaviour would be revoked.
In the wake of the Israel-Gaza conflict, there has been a significant increase in hate crimes and incidents. The Community Security Trust (CST) reported a 324% increase in anti-Jewish hate incidents with 89 incidents, compared to the same period the previous year.
Interestingly, Islamophobic incidents in London have also seen a rise, with an organisation monitoring anti-Muslim attacks reporting 400 incidents between October 7th and October 24th.
It’s important to note that expressing support for the Palestinian cause or displaying the Palestinian flag in isolation does not constitute a criminal offence. Current laws grant British authorities the right to revoke visas for students, visitors, and workers on grounds of national security or if their presence is deemed detrimental to the public welfare.
The UK government has actively implemented strategies to address concerns related to hate and division, as affirmed by Jenrick, who verified actions taken in select cases.
IAS can assist with representation at appeals or tribunals for asylum cases or deportation threats, and offer guidance and advice on the process. For more information on how IAS can help you, call our team today on 0333 305 9375.
Last modified on November 1st, 2023 at 3:50 pm
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