The government has dropped a two-tier system that made refugees arriving by irregular means, such as small boats, inadmissible for permanent asylum.

The move is to speed up the processing of asylum claims for more than 55,000 people who have arrived in the Uk since last June. Nearly 15,000 refugees from countries with a high approval rate, such as Afghanistan and Sudan, will be processed using questionnaires instead of in-person interviews.

It means that people arriving in small boats will have improved rights, including the ability to reunite with family members.

Previously, those who arrived irregularly but were granted asylum would only receive temporary status of up to 30 months, with the constant threat of removal.