Migrants crossing the English Channel to reach the UK could end up facing a ban on applying for asylum, according to plans to be announced by the UK new interior minister.
This would include a blanket ban on those believed to be entering the UK illegally to seek refuge.
It will be the government’s latest attempt to reduce the number of people trying to cross the English Channel, as 33,500 people have arrived in the UK after crossing France so far this year.
This potential plan has been criticized by activists, who have described it as “criminalizing” apparent “victims”.
Clare Mosley, founder of refugee charity Care4Calais, said: “This proposal by the new Home Secretary is barbaric, untrue and unnecessary. The government’s rhetoric about people crossing the English Channel is simply wrong. There is a mountain of evidence that the vast majority is real refugees; this criminalization of them is a blatant victimization of incredibly vulnerable people, simply to make headlines.
“Those who have escaped the world’s worst horrors should not just risk their lives again Apply for asylum in the UK. The obvious answer is to give them safe passage. This would break the human smuggler model and save lives.
“If this government really wanted to stop small boat crossings, they would provide safe passage for those who have one legitimate application for asylum.”
In addition, she is expected to urge the French to stop more boats crossing the Channel and confirms she is considering other new legislation to make it easier to deport people from the UK.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/23018417.migrants-crossing-channel-face-ban-claiming-asylum-uk/?ref=rss Migrants crossing the Channel could face a “ban” on seeking asylum in the UK