Crossing the Channel in a Dinghy - No Asylum Case

Crossing the Channel in a Dinghy - No Asylum Case

August 2020

The scale of the illegal immigrant invasion of people crossing the English Channel in dinghies came to a head in 2020. There is in fact no case, and here's why.

Let's begin with a definition of both asylum-seeker and refugee:

  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) defines refugees as people fleeing conflict or persecution who must not be expelled or returned to situations where their life and freedom are at risk. This criteria distinguishes refugees from other migrants, particularly economic migrants, who choose to move to improve the future prospects of themselves and their families.

  • Asylum seekers are individuals who have lodged an application for protection in a new country (ie, the UK) on the basis of the UN Refugee Convention or other legislation. Until a decision is reached on their application, that individual is called an asylum seeker. If approval is granted, the person is recognised by the UK as having refugee status and has permission to remain in the UK either long-term or indefinitely.

If, say, a Syrian born illegal immigrant flies directly from Syria to the UK then maybe they have a case for seeking asylum in the UK. However, the same person crossing the channel in a dinghy and landing on British soil has no case whatsoever. The reason is because they came from a safe country, in this case France. If they are genuinely escaping persecution then they already achieved that by being on French soil. The fact such an illegal immigrant travels from France to the UK and then applies for asylum is a pure contradiction. Any asylum/refugee case should have been made with the French authorities. This is in fact recognised under EU law and referred to as the Dublin Convention, which clearly states that those seeking refuge should apply in the first safe country they reach.

Many British Leftie Mugs, illegal immigrants and people smugglers believe they have a case for being catered for by British authorities. The UN's 1951 Refugee Convention says that once a person is in the jurisdiction of a country - such as territorial waters - then authorities are obliged to rescue people, bring them ashore, and allow them to lodge an asylum application. However, under the long-standing EU deal called Dublin III the UK has the right to send back anyone who is seeking asylum if they could have reasonably claimed it in another country along the way. Illegal immigrants entering the UK from countries such as France have no case.

The reality is that such people have spent some time in countries such as France and Germany and it wasn't for their liking either by way of the language, employment prospects, social benefits, healthcare provision, etc. This is why when Border Force pick up illegal immigrants as they either approach British shores or step on British soil they should sent straight back on a coach through the Euro Tunnel.

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

On the 7th of August 2020, Home Office Secretary Priti Patel stated in a tweet:

"France and other EU states are safe countries. Genuine refugees should claim asylum there, not risk their lives and break the law by coming to the UK."

She then appeared to contradict herself a day later when she said:

"There are legislative, legal & operational barriers to stopping small boats. System to return people not fit for purpose & once boats reach UK waters we’re duty bound to help."