Channel Crossings

That which is morally wrong cannot be politically right


21 September 2021: JCWI: How to answer when someone asks “why don’t people just claim asylum in France?”

When our Policy Manager Zoe was asked this question by an MP, she gave this great answer. Watch and share Zoe’s reply in 5 steps:

  • Give context
  • Point out people’s ties to the UK
  • Explain we all have the right to claim asylum anywhere
  • A gentle reminder that geography doesn’t trump responsibility
  • Take a look and share now!

Read more: https://www.jcwi.org.uk/jcwi-tells-mps-dont-criminalise-refugees


Updated 14 September 2021: Independent: Border Force carries out ‘pushback drills’ using jet skis to divert dinghies in Channel, footage suggests

‘We saw the jet skis either side and at the rear of the boat and then collide with the vessel to actually spin it around. It looked dangerous,’ says director of Channel Rescue

Border Force staff have used jet skis to turn around dinghies in the English Channel as part of a training exercise, footage suggests.

Photographs and video footage taken by charity Channel Rescue on Monday morning shows large Border Force vessels with what appears to be three jet skis trying to turn around rubber boats.

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/pushback-jetski-migrants-home-office-b1919348.html


9 September 2021: BBC News: Channel crossings: Migrant boats could be turned back in new UK move

Home Secretary Priti Patel wants to allow the UK Border Force to be able to turn back boats carrying migrants across the English Channel.

A government source told the BBC if used, the tactic would only happen in “very certain, narrow circumstances”.

The details are still to be finalised – but there are questions over whether it would break international maritime law.

France is likely to oppose any such move, saying “safeguarding human lives at sea takes priority”.

Ms Patel met her French counterpart, interior minister Gérald Darmanin, on Wednesday for talks on the migrant crisis – but the two sides failed to agree any new measures.

After the meeting, it was reported by some newspapers that the government was considering allowing Border Force officials to turn away boats.

A senior government source told the BBC although the government is agreed on the potential idea, the operational details are still to be finalised.

And they said the tactic would only be used in “very certain, narrow circumstances”.

But France believes the idea is dangerous and flouts international maritime law. Under the law, people at risk of losing their lives at sea must be rescued.

So far this week, more than 1,500 migrants have crossed the English Channel by boat.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58495948