Illegal immigrants are entering the UK in many different ways, including small boats from France which are not stopped by either French or British forces.
1. Twenty three arrests made in people smuggling investigations
24/09/2019 - Border Force
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Entering and staying in the UK
2. 22 Jan 2019 - English Channel crossings - oral evidence
25/01/2019 - Inquiry: English Channel crossings - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: Allen, Field Manager for Help Refugees in northern France. Thank you for inviting me to speak today. Help
3. 26 Feb 2019 - English Channel crossings - oral evidence
27/02/2019 - Inquiry: English Channel crossings - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: migrants have made the journey from northern France to the UK. The overwhelming majority of those have claimed
Found: migrants trying to cross the English Channel in small boats and what the government is doing in response
5. UK and France sign action plan to tackle small boat crossings
24/01/2019 - Border Force
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UK and France sign action plan to tackle small boat crossings - GOV.UK
19/10/2020 - Westminster Hall
1: has considered e-petition 321862 relating to immigration.It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link
2. Channel Crossings in Small Boats
02/09/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: unacceptable increase in illegal migration through small-boat crossings from France to the UK. This Government - Speech Link
3. English Channel: Illegal Seaborne Immigration
30/01/2019 - Westminster Hall
1: That this House has considered illegal seaborne immigration across the English Channel.May - Speech Link
2: to get into the UK. I entirely agree with my hon. Friend; the only way that we can stop the economic migrants—I - Speech Link
3: exactly right. Those people need to be taken back to France, whether they are intercepted trying to cross the - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
08/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: to do so. It is right that migrants coming to the UK are financially independent; however, practical support - Speech Link
2: The “no recourse to public funds” policy is one of many policies, and it is right that as a Government we - Speech Link
3: United Kingdom have at least one child who is British by birth, and nearly all those families are black - Speech Link
4: communities and people of all backgrounds, there are many financial protections in place through the safety - Speech Link
5: Department is taking to ensure that (a) police forces and (b) fire services have access to adequate levels - Speech Link
6: thank the Home Secretary for her answer. May I also take this opportunity to put on record my support for - Speech Link
7: The Government have previously indicated that forces should be reimbursed for expenditure and, obviously - Speech Link
5. Channel Crossings in Small Boats
03/09/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: months, the UK has seen a completely unacceptable increase in illegal migration through small-boat crossings - Speech Link
2: been convicted and jailed for facilitating illegal immigration. In July, I joined a dawn raid on addresses - Speech Link
3: dangerous; they are unnecessary as well. France, where these boats are launched, and other EU countries through - Speech Link
4: our French colleagues to prevent these crossings. That includes patrols of the beaches by French officers - Speech Link
6. Migrant Crossings
07/01/2019 - Lords Chamber
1: migrants trying to cross the English Channel in small boats and what the Government are doing in response - Speech Link
7. Oral Answers to Questions
09/11/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: concerns. He is not alone on this; I have spoken to many other Members of Parliament about this, too. He - Speech Link
2: Government have been clear that they will provide police forces with the support, both moral and physical, that - Speech Link
3: have seen extraordinary resilience from our police forces throughout the whole pandemic. Indeed, absence - Speech Link
4: number of large demonstrations and protests, including in Henley, that threatened frontline officers - Speech Link
5: does, in this House. All large gatherings are now illegal under the coronavirus regulations, and I am afraid - Speech Link
8. Migrant Crossings
07/01/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: migrants trying to cross the English channel in small boats and what the Government are doing in response - Speech Link
9. Oral Answers to Questions
13/06/2016 - Commons Chamber
1: the UK does the right hon. Lady feel people get at our airports when faced with huge immigration queues - Speech Link
2: traffickers and illegal immigrants, as was shown in February when 18 illegal immigrants were found on the - Speech Link
3: right hon. Friend agree that anything that gave the French the temptation to move our border back to Dover - Speech Link
4: Friend is absolutely right. As not only a former Immigration Minister but a Kent MP, he is aware of the importance - Speech Link
5: the National Crime Agency. I recently met the Immigration Minister, who provided some reassurance, but - Speech Link
6: English channel and going into small ports with their cargo. May we have action much sooner than in the few - Speech Link
10. Oral Answers to Questions
28/09/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: murder on Friday of Sergeant Matt Ratana.The UK Government are working with law enforcement and intelligence - Speech Link
2: Friend tell the House how many perpetrators of these vile crimes, in either France or the United Kingdom - Speech Link
3: important points about the illegal trafficking of people via small boats. We have arrested 179 individuals - Speech Link
4: exclusively on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes, and push them into the hands - Speech Link
5: and working on. The fact of the matter is that too many individuals are coming to the United Kingdom and - Speech Link
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The Government is committed to tackling illegal migration. We are working to strengthen borders, tackle organised immigration crime, overcome rigid legal barriers to removal, and overhaul the system.
We have a duty to prevent loss of life and to protect our borders. That’s why we are doing everything we can to stop these dangerous and illegal Channel crossings and all forms of clandestine entry and bring to justice the criminals behind them.
The UK has long been a sanctuary for those in need of international protection, but the UK Government is clear that those in genuine need should seek that protection in the first safe country that they reach. France is such a safe country, with a fully functioning asylum system – over 100,000 asylum claims lodged last year; EU Member States are manifestly safe countries. People needing to seek protection who are in France can and should claim asylum there. They have no reason to travel in a highly dangerous way to the UK instead. In setting to sea in unseaworthy craft across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, migrants risk their lives and the lives of those who rescue them. This is unacceptable behaviour which will not be tolerated.
As such, the dissuasion, disruption and deterrence of migrants using these routes is a cross-departmental priority. The Home Secretary and her officials, including recently-appointed Clandestine Channel Threat Commander Dan O’Mahoney, are working with their counterparts across Government and law enforcement, and with European partners, to tackle those who do this and to punish the criminals who profit from them.
We are working closely with the French to prevent these crossings. That engagement has seen us invest significantly in security and surveillance, including the use of cutting-edge technology and patrols of the beaches by French officers, some of whom we fund, and the foundation of a Joint Intelligence Cell. This year alone, over 3,000 crossing attempts were stopped by the French authorities – nearly 50% of all attempts. But more needs to be done.
Border Force has a Cutter and two Coastal Patrol Vessels patrolling the Channel, monitoring and securely escorting any small boats evading French partners. Safety of life at sea is paramount, so our focus is on preventing crossings and rapidly returning those who do get across. We intend to use legislation and reach further agreement with the French Government to develop our tactical response. Our goal is to render use of small boats unviable by linking this with an inability to remain in the UK.
The UK has obligations under the Refugee Convention and, until the end of this year, the Common European Asylum System. Where the UK is responsible for determining a claim, it must do so fully even if these appear unsubstantiated, suspect, or made in order to overturn otherwise sound immigration decisions. Accounts which may appear dubious or self-serving cannot be simply dismissed without due process under domestic and international law.
There are a number of legal routes for migration. Denying the use of dangerous routes from safe third countries does not deny people the right to seek asylum in those countries. We are clear that if a migrant has chosen to evade immigration control or enter the UK illegally, then they can have no expectation of remaining in the absence of a genuine claim for UK protection, but the current operation of the Human Rights Act 1998, EU’s Common European Asylum System, and in particular the Dublin Regulation, make that a cumbersome and lengthy process. At the end of the transition Period in January 2021, however, we will be free of the Dublin Regulation and the Common Asylum System and will be able to negotiate new returns agreements on our own terms. Asylum seekers entering from safe countries will remain a priority for removal, along with foreign national prisoners and those whose removal is justified on grounds of public policy, public security or public health. We also continue to seek to prosecute under UK law those that facilitate illegal entry, and to turn that heinous trade from an easy profit into a life-changing personal risk for those who engage in it. We are working with the National Crime Agency to go after those who profit from such misery.
We are currently working to return nearly 1,000 cases where migrants had previously claimed asylum in European countries and, under regulations, legally should be returned there. Over 250 arrivals are ready to be returned to Italy, Germany and France, and we have made requests under the Dublin Regulation to return over 400 more people who have arrived this year alone. We are committed to returning as many as possible of the migrants who have chosen to use these dangerous methods.
The Home Secretary has signalled her intention to fix our broken asylum system, where the most vulnerable are stuck in a bureaucracy and the least deserving are rewarded through meritless cynically-timed legal interventions, making it fairer for those genuinely in need of a safe haven and firmer against those who seek to abuse it. We will bring forward legislation next year, in the biggest overhaul of our asylum system in decades.