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How Can We Stop Immigrants To Europe Trying To Cross The Channel?

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naomi24 | 13:13 Wed 28th Oct 2020 | News
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Several people including two children and possibly a baby have died attempting to cross the channel from France to the UK. The question is why, when these people are already in Europe and safe, are they so eager to get here? Of course healthcare here is free, but additionally as I understand it benefits in the UK may not be quite as generous as those in some of the other European countries but they are easier and quicker to access, so would bringing our benefits system into line with that of France/Germany etc., have the desired effect - and the added bonus of putting the traffickers, some of whom are alleged to be earning $15,000 a night - exactly where they should be .... out of business?

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-10-27/rescue-operation-underway-and-fears-of-deaths-after-migrant-boat-capsizes-in-english-channel

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if you try to enter a country without the correct documentation, paperwork and thru the correct channels that means you have entered illegally, hence illegal immigrant.
Bobby, I heard on Radio 4 today that most asylum seekers heading for the UK have already tried to find asylum in France and are now desperate to find asylum here. Again, I'm open to contrary information, but not open to unsupported assertions of 'my common sense tells me all I need.'
Webbo; I thought that if you entered a country and asked for asylum, then your case would be considered in the light of national and international law. Can you explain what are the correct channels?
So if we dont give asylum will they then sail onto Ireland or Pharoa Islands ect to try there luck there?
Only by giving them no help whatsoever.
Don’t house them. Don’t feed them.
It was said on the news earlier that the family that died paid 20K to the people smugglers.
They could have fed and housed themselves on that amount of money.
// benefits in the UK... ...are easier and quicker to access //

PMSL. Obviously someone totally clueless.
Sunk; any info on 'correct channels?' Or any of my other comments?
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\\Webbo; I thought that if you entered a country and asked for asylum, then your case would be considered in the light of national and international law. Can you explain what are the correct channels?//

they are also meant to present themselves to authorities on entering the first safe country, this stops them making multiple claims in different countries after failing in one
> How Can We Stop Immigrants To Europe Trying To Cross The Channel?

This is easy. We either make the world such a great place that they'd rather stay in their own country, or we make our own country so cack that nobody wants to come here.
I leave legal considerations to the law. If the law is in conflict with how things clearly should be defined then that's an issue for the politicians to sort out, not just sit back and accept flawed law.

I'm not commenting on the complexities of law, but referring to what is correct. There is no present risk from France therefore it follows that one can not flee from it claiming a need for asylum. And none of those attempting the crossing can show permission to enter the UK, as otherwise they'd not be trying to sneak in.
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I was replying to the OP. I have not read your post(s) and will not be doing, or replying.
When did “asylum” become a one-size-fits-all word.
It used to mean people who were in imminent danger from their government, usually because of their political views,
Now it seems to be used for those that “just want a better life”
webbo; so if they request asylum in France and are refused, they can't then ask for asylum in UK? What I heard on Radio 4 was that only a tiny percentage of asylum seekers try for UK asylum, and that most apply in France. If that 'tiny percentage' haven't applied in France or another country, then they should be allowed to apply to the UK govt. If they do apply, then they are asylum seekers, not 'illegals' Any further info from you would be appreciated.
"have already tried to find asylum in France"

They are in France, they are being allowed to stay there. That's as good a definition of being out of peril, and thus finding asylum, as any. France aren't going to permit those who may want to harm them to do so. Therefore they have the protection they sought.
Somebody who at least knows what she's talking about ...

https://www.channel4.com/news/what-we-need-is-a-clear-rethink-of-uk-migration-policy-which-puts-people-above-politics-help-refugees-chief-exec-josie-naughton

Example: "A lot of [these] people have a legal right to asylum in the UK but don't have a means to access that right".
I haven't read through the thread but dare I say it, in answer to the orginal / title question on this thread ... get the Navy out there and tow them back!

Enough is enough and we cannot afford to adopt the world.

Well said LCG.
What a good idea -tow them back to France -So they can go back to their French camp and plan their next trip over.

I'm sure there are limited amounts of money available per family.
//webbo; I think they are asylum seekers.//

//I'd welcome some enlightenment//

An extract from United Nations “Convention and protocol relating to the status of refugees”:

Article 31: Refugees unlawfully in the country of refuge”

1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence."

Note “…coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened…”. People travelling from France do not generally hail “…from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1.” Article One describes the circumstances under which a person may apply for asylum (coming from a place where their life is threatened or they may suffer persecution, generally) and also provides a number of exceptions, some of which apply to those resident in France. I can’t be bothered to cite all those passages – you can easily look it up.

In general, the asylum principles are designed to allow somebody living in a territory where they fear for their life or are fearful of persecution to apply to another country for refuge. People living in France do not, in general, fear for their life or persecution in the sense envisaged by the Convention. Asylum is not designed for people who simply don’t like it where they currently are and who fancy their chances elsewhere. The UK is the 2destination of choice" for he rubber boat people. It is not a choice they should have but the UK government is complicit in leading them to believe that it is.

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