The Home Secretary is said to be preparing to introduce a bill next week to set up an offshore immigration centre for asylum seekers. Plans for the Nationality and Borders Bill come after Ms Patel began a discussion with Denmark over opening a processing centre in Africa, according to The Times.
The Prime Minister is said to have thrown his support behind Ms Patel’s proposal.
Earlier this month, Denmark approved its own legislation regarding the processing of asylum seekers abroad and is believed to be eyeing up Rwanda as a potential location for a centre.
Two Danish ministers travelled to the African country last month to sign a memorandum.
A British government source told the Times: “We’ve had conversations to see what the Danes are doing.”
A Government insider added to the newspaper: “The only way to really tackle this problem is to tackle the pull factors, which is what the ideas around offshore processing and the presumption that if you cross illegally then your asylum applications are going to be treated less favourably than legal routes are about.”
Over a four-day period in June, a total of 500 migrants crossed the Channel.
More than 5,300 migrants have made the dangerous journey in 2021.
Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage predicted 20,000 migrants will make the crossing in 2021.