Status: 07/22/2021 6:47 AM.
Refugees keep trying to get to Great Britain via the English Channel. The British government wants to stop migration – with harsh punishments for smugglers and refugees.
You paddle The canoe does not even have an engine. Five men give everything to cross the English Channel. The BBC broadcast the photos this week. A reporter from the station was in a motorboat across the strait to conduct research. where they come from? The reporter asks. “Sudan,” they reply. The journalist gives them water and biscuits. Reporter says Coast Guard help is coming soon.
The number of visitors to England via the English Channel this week exceeds the values for the whole of 2020. More than 8,400 people have already made it. This puts the Johnson administration under political pressure – particularly British Home Secretary Priti Patel. Because the government had promised fewer migrants.
63 crores for the French Coast Guard
Immigration was a big issue during the 2016 Brexit referendum. Brexiteers, now in government, wants to deliver. On Tuesday evening, Patel agreed with the French government in Paris that their coast guard would go on more missions and – as the saying goes – take action against “illegal migration”. The British Home Office is paying about 63 million euros to France for this.
Yesterday Patel had to justify himself on the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. Great Britain also financially supported France in 2020 – without any consequences. It was ridiculous, said Tim Lawton, who is also a member of the Conservative Party, but Priti Patel questioned the committee. This is ridicule. Britain is giving France more money so that they can continue to do what they are doing badly. This will not solve the problem. Lawton called on France to act against smugglers and put more pressure on them to stop inflatables, which has not really worked so far.
Priti Patel defends her policy: The situation has changed, meanwhile smugglers are no longer alone starting from Calais, where France and England are so close together. Meanwhile, rubber dinghies popped up all over the French coast. In addition, many refugees come from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, Patel said.
Imprisonment for crossing the border illegally
The UK government is tightening a number of laws to combat “illegal migration”. Late Tuesday, a majority in the House of Commons voted for the legislative package. The refugees now face up to four years in prison for crossing the border illegally. smugglers sentenced to life imprisonment
This is a harsh prison sentence for people coming to Great Britain and going through terrible things, says Enver Solomon of the aid organization Refugee Council. The new laws filled prisons without actually solving the problems.
British government under pressure: more and more refugees arrive via the English Channel
Christophe Prossel, ARD London, July 21, 2021 at 8:25 pm.