More migrants arrive by boat in Kent a day after Priti Patel announced another crackdown

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More migrants arrive by boat in Kent a day after Priti Patel announced another crackdown


More and more migrants have arrived on the Kent coast by boat, just a day after Priti Patel announced a new crackdown on cross-Channel human trafficking.

The Home Secretary announced yesterday that illegal migrants “should and could” make claims in the European countries they pass through on their way to Britain, rather than the UK itself.

Ms Patel warned that the current asylum system was ‘crumbling’ due to pressure on it from smugglers and dangerous Channel crossings as she presented a new plan to reduce the privileges of those who came. in the UK via an unauthorized route.

However, just hours after his Commons statement – which sparked warnings of a peak in crossings before the new system took effect – dozens of migrants were intercepted near Dover, while five more landed on a beach in Dungeness.

Dozens of other migrants arrived on the Kent coast by boat, just a day after Priti Patel announced another crackdown on cross-Channel human trafficking.

About 35 people were brought to Dover Marina on the stern of the Cutter Alert shortly after 11 a.m., which also towed the large gray rigid-hull inflatable boat in which they had attempted to make the dangerous journey.

About 35 people were brought to Dover Marina on the back of the Cutter Alert shortly after 11 a.m., which also towed the large gray rigid-hull inflatable boat in which they had attempted to make the dangerous journey.

Meanwhile, a few miles from the coast, Kent Police were called in to help locate and detain another small group in Lydd.

Meanwhile, a few miles from the coast, Kent Police were called in to help locate and detain another small group in Lydd.

The Home Secretary announced yesterday that illegal migrants 'should and could' make claims in the European countries they pass through on their way to Britain, rather than the UK itself.

The Home Secretary announced yesterday that illegal migrants “should and could” make claims in the European countries they pass through on their way to Britain, rather than the UK itself.

No right to settle under the asylum blitz of Priti Patel

  • Migrants who arrive illegally in the UK will no longer have the right to settle there permanently, even if they have a strong asylum request.
  • Anyone who arrives illegally after passing through a ‘safe country’ will be considered ‘ineligible’ for the UK asylum system.
  • The government will seek to “promptly return” “inadmissible cases” to the country from which they traveled to the UK.
  • Those who cannot be returned to a safe country will be granted “temporary protection status” for 30 months, with limited access to benefits and limited rights to family reunification.
  • The government’s asylum area will be expanded with the creation of new reception centers to provide accommodation while applications are being processed.
  • Action to improve age determination measures to guard against adults pretending to be children.
  • A new “one-stop-shop” process for claims that will require people to spell out all protection-related issues at once to prevent last-minute legal offers to prevent the deportation of failed asylum seekers.
  • Maximum sentence for smugglers, increased to life and five years for foreign criminals who return to the UK in violation of a deportation order.
  • New humanitarian routes for the “vulnerable” in “immediate danger”.

About 35 people were brought to Dover Marina on the back of the Cutter Alert shortly after 11 a.m., which also towed the large gray rigid-hull inflatable boat in which they had attempted to make the dangerous journey.

The migrants, who appeared to be mostly Vietnamese, wore orange life jackets, disposable masks and hats to keep warm.

A woman was seen among the group being escorted to the bridge for processing by immigration law enforcement officers.

Meanwhile, a few miles from the coast, Kent Police were called in to help locate and detain another small group in Lydd.

Ms Patel made her political announcement yesterday as 67 migrants arrived in three separate incidents, with French authorities also preventing three crossing attempts earlier in the night involving around 114 people.

Much of the Home Secretary’s crackdown will depend on securing an agreement with other countries, particularly France, which raises questions about how effectively the measures could be introduced as some illegal migrants will still be able to stay in the UK for potentially up to 30 months.

The proposed changes will mean that anyone arriving illegally and having passed through a ‘safe country’ will be considered ‘ineligible’ for the UK asylum system.

The government will seek to “promptly return inadmissible cases” to the safe country from which they traveled or to another safe third country.

Meanwhile, Border Force will be given new powers to stop and redirect small boats and those on board out of the UK if they are suspected of attempting to enter the country illegally. But this proposal will require the agreement of the port or the host country.

In order to further deter human smugglers, the maximum penalty for such activity will be reduced to life.

The government will also expand its area of ​​asylum with the creation of new reception centers which will provide basic accommodation while cases are being processed.

This means that the use of hotels to accommodate newcomers who have entered the UK illegally will end.

A map shows the points along the coast where migrants have landed in the UK in the past year after passing through France.

A map shows the points along the coast where migrants have landed in the UK in the past year after passing through France.

Ms Patel said that “the most important overhaul of our asylum system in decades” is necessary to “protect lives because we cannot continue as we are with people dying at the hands of gangsters and smugglers ”.

She said that people who arrive in the UK illegally after passing through France and Germany are not “seeking refuge from persecution” but rather “you choose the UK as your preferred destination.”

Ms Patel said her new plan to strengthen the system will mark a “radical change in our approach” to asylum, which “will deter illegal entry and life-threatening criminals by allowing it”.

However, the unveiling of the plan immediately raised fears of a potential spike in the number of Channel crossing attempts before the crackdown was implemented.

The Union of Immigration Services (ISU), which represents border forces personnel, said the announcement of changes to immigration rules “inevitably” caused a “push”.

ISU spokeswoman Lucy Moreton told MailOnline: “It is just as inevitable that the criminals who drive irregular migration such as small boat migration will use this as a reason to increase demand and cost. crossings. “

Another well-placed source said: “I don’t think the proposed measures will prevent people from crossing. In fact, I think even announcing them will lead to even more crossings.

The latest official figures from the Interior Ministry mean that 1,056 migrants have made the 21 km journey so far this year.

And 525 arrived in March on 27 boats – almost three times the 187 arrived in 13 boats in the same month last year.

The busy week included a record day for 2021 when 183 migrants were intercepted Monday in six incidents.

But today could be the last day of the crossings for a while as bad conditions at sea are expected.

In 2020, a record 8,410 migrants arrived by small boat, exceeding the 2019 total of just 1,850.

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