Priti Patel told a virtual conference of government lawmaker that UK would “stop those who come here illegally making endless legal claims to remain.”
In frontier nations there’s worry over the administrative burden. Those involved in rescue missions in the Mediterranean that there are no new funds to patrol the sea. And among politicians who want to block migration, there’s concern that refugee cases should be dealt with outside the Union.
France's citizenship minister Marlene Schiappa criticised "smugglers who take advantage of the distress of human beings".
The system has been in place since at least 2015 and used traffic light colours to grade every entry visa application to the UK, assigning Red, Amber or Green risk rating to applicants, according to one NGO.
He has vowed to put a 60-day stop on the issuing of green cards in an effort to limit competition for jobs in an economy wrecked by the coronavirus.
Migrants clashed with Greek police after Turkey officially declared its western borders open to those hoping to head into the European Union.
Police could be seen patrolling the Greek border in Kastanies as dozens of migrants lined its fence.