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UK: Farage calls for change in asylum rules to end Channel migrant crossings02:14

UK: Farage calls for change in asylum rules to end Channel migrant crossings

United Kingdom, Dover
August 12, 2020 at 14:16 GMT -00:00 · Published

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage called for asylum rules to be changed in order to stop migrants crossing the Channel from France, amid a surge in people arriving via small boats, in Dover on Wednesday.

While speaking to press at the harbour, he said: "The real solution is to say that nobody who comes to Britain illegally by these means will be granted asylum. And until people know that coming by this route, they are not going to be allowed to stay, they will just keep coming. It's simple as that."

Farage dismissed technical measures put in place by the government saying "And all the talk of RAF planes and drones, we've had that all for months here anyway. It doesn't make any difference at all."

He also referred to the situation, with more than 4,000 migrants arriving since the start of the year, as a "bit of a national humiliation."

UK Home Office figures indicate a record 235 migrants were intercepted last Thursday, in a week where over 700 people were intercepted.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the crossings as a "very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do," on Monday, and his government is reportedly seeking to increase coordination with France in order to hinder the crossings, among other measures.

UK: Farage calls for change in asylum rules to end Channel migrant crossings02:14
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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage called for asylum rules to be changed in order to stop migrants crossing the Channel from France, amid a surge in people arriving via small boats, in Dover on Wednesday.

While speaking to press at the harbour, he said: "The real solution is to say that nobody who comes to Britain illegally by these means will be granted asylum. And until people know that coming by this route, they are not going to be allowed to stay, they will just keep coming. It's simple as that."

Farage dismissed technical measures put in place by the government saying "And all the talk of RAF planes and drones, we've had that all for months here anyway. It doesn't make any difference at all."

He also referred to the situation, with more than 4,000 migrants arriving since the start of the year, as a "bit of a national humiliation."

UK Home Office figures indicate a record 235 migrants were intercepted last Thursday, in a week where over 700 people were intercepted.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the crossings as a "very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do," on Monday, and his government is reportedly seeking to increase coordination with France in order to hinder the crossings, among other measures.

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