Migrants who steer dinghies across English Channel to claim asylum will no longer be prosecuted

New legal guidance released by the CPS on Tuesday says: “In cases involving the use of a boat where the sole intention is to be intercepted by Border Force at sea and brought into port for asylum claims to be made, no breach of immigration law will take place … the same applies where the intention is to sail the boat to a designated port of entry in order to claim asylum.”

The guidance says that in those circumstances, asylum seekers have not entered the UK under the terms of the Immigration Act.

For a migrant to be prosecuted for steering a boat, there will have to be evidence that they were trying to clandestinely reach shore and escape, rather than claiming asylum.

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