THE NATIONALITY AND BORDERS BILL: BENEFITTING PEOPLE SMUGGLERS AT THE EXPENSE OF REFUGEES

“On Thursday the 9th of December, the Nationality and Borders bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons. The Nationality and Borders bill that Patel introduced in July 2021[1] aims to stop the criminal gangs those who smuggle people to the UK via irregular routes. In particular, the bill aims to stop irregular channel crossings from occurring,Continue reading “THE NATIONALITY AND BORDERS BILL: BENEFITTING PEOPLE SMUGGLERS AT THE EXPENSE OF REFUGEES”

MPs reject bid to stop ‘pushback’ of migrant boats from endangering lives

MPs have voted down a bid by parliament’s human rights committee to make it illegal for immigration officers to attempt to “push back” migrant boats in the English Channel in a way which would endanger lives. The pushback proposal, which would involve Border Force boats physically turning back dinghies heading from France to the UK, is oneContinue reading “MPs reject bid to stop ‘pushback’ of migrant boats from endangering lives”

Advertising migrant Channel crossings on social media ‘should be a specific crime’

Cruel people traffickers who advertise to would-be migrants on social media should be targeted under a crackdown, Labour says tonight The Government’s plan for tackling the smuggling gangs sending people on perilous journeys across the English Channel should include moves to stop them promoting voyages on sites like Facebook and Tik-Tok, ministers will be told. Labour has tabled an amendment toContinue reading “Advertising migrant Channel crossings on social media ‘should be a specific crime’”

Channel migrants are sent 500 miles on buses to Scotland after arriving on beaches in Kent as record 4,000 make dangerous crossing this month

Dozens took the eight-hour journey to Dungavel immigration detention centre Until now, migrants have been processed in Home Office facilities near Dover  A baby clutching its mother’s chest among 200 migrants to arrive yesterday What happens when someone arrives in the UK after crossing the Channel? By Rory Tingle The vast majority of people crossingContinue reading “Channel migrants are sent 500 miles on buses to Scotland after arriving on beaches in Kent as record 4,000 make dangerous crossing this month”

Channel migrants sent 500 miles to notorious Dungavel centre in Scotland for asylum processing

Migrants who risk their lives crossing the English Channel are being sent to the Dungavel detention centre in Scotland for processing as the Home Office buckles under the rising numbers. Dozens of Channel boat people have been sent to the notorious Dungavel immigration detention centre in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire in the last few weeks. Until crossings roseContinue reading “Channel migrants sent 500 miles to notorious Dungavel centre in Scotland for asylum processing”

Migrants stranded in France don’t know where to turn as they plan for Channel crossing

Migrants determined to make the crossing to the UK say they do not know where to turn, with available options either “difficult” or “dangerous”. People in Calais hoping to one day to reach England told The Independent that those going by lorry often end up being stopped by police but the journey across the Channel by boat feelsContinue reading “Migrants stranded in France don’t know where to turn as they plan for Channel crossing”

Journalist prompts backlash for suggesting those who cross the Channel come for ‘jobs’ and ‘benefits’

A journalist has been criticised after he claimed those coming into the UK in small boats via the English Channel were “coming with just expectation” of receiving a job and benefits. In a debate on Good Morning Britain, The Times’ political sketch writer Quentin Letts sparked controversy after he made the claim, suggesting Britain was “regarded as a softContinue reading “Journalist prompts backlash for suggesting those who cross the Channel come for ‘jobs’ and ‘benefits’”