The Home Office is refusing to disclose the number of illegal immigrants arriving via the Channel Tunnel in an obvious cover-up.
On July 1st I put in an FOI (Freedom of Information) request asking for the following information:
‘How many migrants, asylum seekers and refugees have arrived or been found at the Eurotunnel (Channel Tunnel, UK side) from January 1st 2022 until 1st July 2022?’
It’s not a complicated FOI and the information should be easy for the Home Office to gather. But the Home Office refused to reveal the information stating that its ‘not in the public interest’.
The Home Office’s reply was:
“However, after careful consideration, we have decided that this information is exempt from disclosure under section 31 of the FOIA. It is not in the public interest to disclose the specific content relating to operationally sensitive law enforcement information. Public interest test, section 31 (1) (e). Section 31 Law enforcement has been considered as being applicable.”
The Home Office then went on to claim that releasing this information would be likely to prejudice the law enforcement involved.
This is a bizarre reply considering the obvious fact that the number of boat arrivals is released daily via the government website.
It appears that the reason this information has been held back is to prevent the public from being outraged at the vast amount of illegal immigrants arriving via another route. I suspect the figure must be in its thousands. The reality is, that the Home Office doesn’t want the public to be aware of how many people are entering the UK illegally.
A source from within the Channel Tunnel said:
“There are always illegal immigrants being found in the back of lorries and vans. They are hardly ever reported on and I don’t think the people of England understand how many actually arrive through the tunnel.”
He then went on to say that if he went public with this information he would most certainly lose his job so I have kept his identity anonymous.
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