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Halt the flood of Channel crossings before it becomes a tsunami


BRITAIN has become a magnet for rejected asylum applicants from the Continent. We are sucking in failed claimants from all over Europe; this has been aptly described by one colleague as ‘a great whirlpool of wokeness’ which is part and parcel of the rampant asylum abuse we are now experiencing. The resulting public safety risks and serious threat, especially to children, from age fraud are immense. Matters are made that much worse by most of the would-be asylum claimants destroying their documents on their way to the land of milk and honey – for that is how they perceive Britain and how the people smugglers sell it. Why would genuine asylum seekers do this? Finally, there are many recent examples of crimes/terror attacks perpetrated by asylum fraudsters (you will find a summary here).

Having made the above points, and despite our oft-repeated criticism of the political class for being out of touch on immigration, my conscience would be pricking me if I didn’t give credit where it is due. Remarkably, a Parliamentary Committee made, surprisingly to me, a commonsense statement that we welcomed at Migration Watch. It would be remiss of me not to put on record MW’s appreciation and thanks, and not just because the Committee was reacting to written evidence submitted by us.

The body in question is the Joint Committee on Human Rights, which recently stated in a report: ‘It is not unreasonable to treat as inadmissible [an asylum claim] from an individual who has already had [it] considered, accepted or rejected in another safe country.’

We have been saying this for a long time, and repeated it in our evidence where we said it is not good for the UK to be a growing magnet for failed asylum claimants from all over the ContinentIt is the main reason for the illegal Channel crossings crisis which began in autumn 2018 and gets worse with every passing month. The number crossing in January by boat this year has been more than six times that in January 2021. Most worryingly, there is little evidence of the government coming to grips with the crisis and certainly not of stopping the crossings (see our Channel Tracking Station).

Now, as if to echo Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, the government appear to be saying they frankly don’t give a damn because, unbelievably, they seem intent on covering up figures on daily arrivals (see more here). We believe most people in Britain are appalled by such shameless chicanery. We have been encouraging our supporters to write to their MPs and express their concern. TCW readers would be welcome allies and can join the party (if you’ll forgive the expression) by clicking here.

Last year more than 50,000 people attempted to cross the Channel in boats to come here. Most of those trying (at least 28,400) succeeded, while the French stopped 23,000. And if the number crossing this month is anything to go by, the 2022 number will be much higher than 2021.

We are hoovering in rejected asylum claimants from all over the Continent (for more see our summary). The UK has for many become a destination of last resort for those who have been rejected elsewhere for no other reason than we are now seen as the softest of soft touches.

Enough is enough! The illegal Channel route must be closed down if what has become a flood is not, quickly, to become a tsunami.

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Alp Mehmet
Alp Mehmet
Chairman of Migration Watch UK, former British diplomat.

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