UK borders bill could criminalise Afghan refugees, UN representative warns

Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor tells MPs proposed legislation could end up punishing those fleeing Taliban if travelling by illegal routes

The UN’s refugee chief in London has warned that the introduction of the new nationality and borders bill could criminalise Afghan people who manage to escape the Taliban.

Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, the UNHCR’S representative in the UK, told MPs that the government could find itself in a situation where it is jailing Afghans who seek refuge in the UK because they travelled by illegal routes.

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