France criticised by Brits for allowing channel crossings
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Britons have expressed outrage at the conduct of French Authorities amid the unpreceded levels of migrants looking to cross the English Channel. On Monday the number of people who have made the dangerous journey reached more than double the figure for the whole of 2020. As the migrant crisis continued to unfold on England’s south coast the residents on Dover have blasted the unwillingness of authorities in France to curb the dangerous crossings.
A Kent resident told Russia Today: “It could be stopped from the other side.
“I mean it is thousands and thousands of people, it seems ridiculous.
“The French don’t care because they say ‘go’.
“But the British problem is we really need to work with the French to stop the people.”
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Another resident told the RT reporter: “The whole process is wrong.
“The French are completely wrong.
“The French are happy to just dump them in boats.
“It is really annoying.”
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He added: “They should be brought here in a different proper way.
“Not put on boats, giving money to villains to get them here.”
The number of people who have made the dangerous journey across the English Channel in small boats this year has doubled the total for all of 2020 – with more than three months left of 2021.
At least 669 migrants succeeded in reaching the UK on Sunday, bringing the total for the year to at least 17,085, according to the PA news agency.
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Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK’s refugee and migrant rights director, said: “It’s been appalling to see how ministers and others have sought to manipulate these highly visible crossings to give the impression of an emergency situation on the Kent coast.
“The total number of asylum claims being made in the UK is no greater than it was two years ago, but Channel crossings have become part of the Government’s cynical politicisation of asylum.
“Every time the Home Secretary talks about ‘people smugglers’, she ignores her own failure to open up safe and legal asylum routes.
“The people making these dangerous sea crossings are doing so out of desperation, largely because there are no safe and legal routes open to them.
“We urgently need a new approach to asylum in this country – with inhumane policies like pushbacks and the criminalisation of refugees dropped, and far more done in terms of working with France and others to play a constructive role in assisting people who’ve fled war and persecution.”
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