Labour branded humanitarian nimbys for failing to take migrants

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick will say there is “nothing virtuous” about making generous offers “at the expense” of Britons struggling to find a house or secure an NHS appointment. Nationalist-run Scotland and Labour-run Wales have both lagged behind England when it comes to housing migrants.

In a speech ahead of a crunch votes to tackle the small boats crisis in the Commons on Wednesday, Mr Jenrick will hit out at “humanitarian nimbys” who “rhetorically welcome refugees, but then fail to take their fair share”. 

“These politicians grandstand and virtue-signal their supposed generosity,” he will say.

“But there is nothing virtuous about making generous offers at the expense of others when it comes to housing supply, waiting lists and the tax burden.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is walking a tightrope to keep both wings of his party on side when the Illegal Migration Bill returns to the Commons on Wednesday.

The legislation will change the law to make it clear people arriving in the UK illegally will not be able to remain in the country.

Tory MPs on the right of the party demanded changes to the legislation after warning it did not go far enough.

Others on the liberal wing of the party want to see the Prime Minister commit to establishing safe routes through which asylum seekers can come to Britain.

Mr Jenrick will use a speech at Policy Exchange tomorrow to say: “We have entered an age of mass migration which requires Western governments to re-establish the integrity of their borders.”

He will say: “More people are on the move – and those individuals are more mobile – than ever before… Geography is simply no longer the constraint it once was.”

“The consequence of this has been unprecedented amounts of illegal migration which has placed our public services under strain, weakened community cohesion and set back integration efforts.”

He will warn: “If states are to retain their sovereignty – their ability to exclude individuals from their territory – then they need to find new ways to enforce their laws.

“Deterrence must be restored. Those that make illegal journeys must know that it will be a futile endeavour.

“And that is why the UK government has brought forward the Illegal Migration Bill – the most significant piece of immigration legislation of modern times.”

Mr Jenrick will add: “Tweaks to our broken system will not suffice – only a significantly more robust approach can end the injustice of illegal migration.”

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