Illegal Immigration is a very complex issue with a long history. For decades people have used deception and evasion to arrive in our country.  In recent years small boat crossings have grown rapidly. These Channel crossings need to be stopped. They are not necessary, France is safe.

To stop the illegal boat crossings the route needs to be made unviable. The system needs to be reformed. Many of the treaties and agreements that the UK are tied to are completely out of date and was signed when the world was a very different place.  

Once they’ve entered our nation, they then begin to use our legal system – especially the asylum laws – to remain in the UK. Their motives for coming here are often economic rather than humanitarian. Our asylum system is broken and fundamentally flawed. 

The Channel crossings are completely unnecessary as France is a safe country with a well-functioning asylum system. Anyone needing ‘protection’ can and should claim asylum in France instead of making that journey. There is no reason for anyone to make the crossing and doing so should call into question the sincerity of these peoples claims for protection under international law. 

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Many of these crossings are facilitated by criminal gangs who make a massive profit from trafficking people across the Channel. They are also assisted by various NGO’s (Non-Government Organisations) who believe they are helping ‘desperate’ people. Whilst in reality they are international criminals facilitating in unlawful immigration.  

The idea being proposed by many left-wing charities is for migrants to be able to claim asylum in the UK from France but that will not discourage those who know that their true circumstances do not merit our support under ‘international law’. Nor will it provide a safer route to asylum than the routes which already in place. It’s a terrible idea. 

Keeping illegal immigration under control should be one of the top priorities of our government. Many people are concerned as to who these people are. Justified concerns too, since none of them arrive without any form of identification. Also, many of the people who arrive illegally would not pass the new points based system put into legislation.

An effective system to remove people that have no right to remain in the country is essential to the credibility of border control. The declining effectiveness of removals can only further encourage people to make the crossing and damage public confidence in the government. 

There are on average of 25,400 asylum applications every year. Yet less than half of these applications for asylum have been granted, even taking into account those successful on appeal. 

Those whose asylum claim has been rejected do not have permission to remain in the UK and are required to depart. However, on average, over 60% of those who were refused asylum or some other forms of international protection do not leave the country. This is almost 120,000 failed asylum seekers remaining here in the UK, or roughly 8,500 people per year. 

Nearly 7,000 crossing attempts were stopped in 2020 by the French authorities, and around 45% of all crossing attempts are stopped on, or near, French beaches. However just under 8,500 did make the crossing from France to the UK. The majority of those picked up mid-channel by the Border Force. RLNI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) also assists in collecting the illegal immigrants.

It serves both French and UK interests to work together to cut this route entirely, not only is it a significant expense for both nations it also is a serious concern for the people of both nations. 

These are only the figures for boat crossings since it is a lot tougher to keep track of the other routes taken such as planes, lorries and trains etc. 


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