London defends itself against French criticism

France’s interior minister on Saturday criticized the United Kingdom’s “lack of humanity” towards Ukrainian refugees stranded in Calais.

The UK government said on Sunday that it could not “just” open Britain’s doors to Ukrainian refugees back in Calais, after France was criticized for its “lack of humanity”.

Justice Minister Dominic Raab said, “If we just open the door, we will not only benefit the people we have to benefit the real refugees, but I think we will also undermine popular support.” BBC, “We must make sure that we work for the people who need our support,” he said.

250 Refueled Refugees

French Interior Minister Gerald Dormanin on Saturday criticized the United Kingdom’s “utterly inadequate response” and “lack of humanity” towards Ukrainian refugees who have returned to Calais, a French port city, to their British counterpart Priti Patel. In a letter addressed to.

Since 28 February, 517 Ukrainians have fled their country trying to join their families in England, via the port of Calais or the Channel Tunnel site in Coquells. But 250 of them, without visas, were returned by British authorities, the province of Pas-de-Calais department announced in a press release on Sunday. During the night from Saturday to Sunday, 136 destitute people “found shelter in the Calais Youth Hostel”.

“This situation is not realistic because it forces these people, who are already exhausted from their long and terrifying journey, to go to Paris or Brussels, for embassies to complete their visa procedures”, on the prefecture. lamented, again calling on the British authorities to “change their system, so that consular solutions can be found locally”.

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Dorman called for “problem” to be solved “quickly”

For several days, the situation of the displaced has been a source of friction between London and Paris, whose relations are already strained by the question of illegal crossing of migrants.

The French government announced on Thursday that the United Kingdom would set up a “consulate of sorts” in Calais to issue visas directly to Ukrainians.

But, “at the moment, it’s four days now, it’s ‘we’ll see,’ we’ll see”, Gerald Dormann mourned on the radio on Sunday (european 1) and television (C News) French.

“I have a very good relationship with Ms Patel,” he continued. “I’m sure she’s a good woman. She’s going to solve this problem, but she has to solve it quickly.”

UK Reviews

Also criticized in the United Kingdom for its lack of generosity towards refugees, the British government this week eased visa conditions for Ukrainians with relatives in that country.

Residents of the UK and the United Kingdom can bring their family members living in Ukraine, who can obtain a three-year residence permit after a security check.

According to the Home Office, the British Home Office, as of Sunday morning “about 50 visas” had been granted in this framework, while more than 5,500 applications were completed online and around 2,400 people made an appointment to submit their visas. . application.

“We are doing everything we can, increasing capacity in each of the (visa) application centers in the EU,” Minister Priti Patel said.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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