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U.K. to unveil plans for ‘digital border’

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U.K. to unveil plans for ‘digital border’:


Britain is planning to announce a “fully digital border”.

  • This is part of a wider overhaul of the country’s immigration system, which will also include the introduction of a points-based migration system.

What will the digital border look like?

  • The move means those coming to Britain without a visa or immigration status will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation – similar to that used in the United States – as part of plans to be implemented by the end of 2025.
  • Digital identity checks will also be used to reduce the need to visit visa application centres.
  • Digitising the border will mean officials “can now count who is coming in and out of the country and whether they have permission to be there”.

What are the benefits?

This approach will make it easier to identify potential threats before they reach the border.

Need for:

Last year, roughly 8,500 people arrived in Britain having made the perilous crossing across the Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, in small boats.

Sources: the Hindu.