Foreign criminals face being barred from making “spurious” asylum claims that countries like Greece are unsafe for deportation, a minister has warned. Chris Philp, the immigration minister, signalled a crackdown on foreign asylum claimants who exploit Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights to avoid being deported to “safe” countries like Greece by claiming they face “inhuman and degrading” treatment. He told the Commons that the Government was looking to tighten definitions of inhuman and degrading treatment under Article 3, which is widely used by human rights lawyers for asylum claimants and criminals to avoid their deportation. “I believe that a combination of domestic legislation on the process, the systems and some definitions will make it harder for foreign national offenders to unreasonably prevent their deportation,” he told MPs. The changes will be part of a forthcoming Sovereign Borders Bill, due in the next six weeks, which will also prevent foreign criminals making repeat and “vexatious” claims through the courts in an effort to delay their deportation. The move to reform what Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, says is a “broken” asylum system follows high-profile controversies like the failed deportation of 23 criminals including a murderer, rapists and drug dealers on a flight to Jamaica after human rights appeals.