SO-CALLED Vulnerable Asylum Seekers fleeing ‘war’ from France turned up at Dover donned in expensive designer clothes, blowing apart arguments that those coming to the UK are fleeing from war and poverty.
Over 4,000 migrants have crossed the channel in July alone and are being put up in four-star hotels across the South of England and receiving food and money to start a life in the UK, despite the Government vowing to crack down on Illegal Immigration.
Independent reporter Steve Laws was in Dover again today and snapped a pic of Migrants donned in Designer gear and holding expensive iPhones.
On Monday, around 20 migrants waved to the press as they were spotted motoring across the English Channel on a rubber dinghy.
“They were packed together on board the blue and grey boat, which was being powered across the Dover Strait by a single outboard engine.” said PA news.
The famous White Cliffs of Dover, and their intended destination of the UK, could be seen on the horizon.
In the last few days alone, at least 597 people successfully managed to reach Britain by boat, and the political discussion around the issue has intensified.
Also visible on Monday morning was an RAF Atlas cargo plane flying above the Channel, a sign of the Ministry of Defence’s “initial offer of assistance” to the Home Office.
After a while, the migrants were approached by Border Force’s patrol boat, Hunter, and were expected to be brought ashore later in the morning.
Back in Dover Harbour, Home Secretary Priti Patel was seen disembarking from a police boat after a short trip out to sea.
The Home Office chief was seen walking up the gangway to the Border Force hub – the same gangway that hundreds of migrants are taken up every week.
Ms Chapman watched the PA footage of the dinghy crossing and said: “I don’t know how anyone can watch that video and feel anything but compassion for the people on board.
“It’s difficult to tell the ages of the people in the dinghy but they look like many of the young people I work with.
“Many of them have told me about their journeys across the water and said that they were terrified, that they thought they were going to die.”
“They are here now, safe, and working hard to rebuild their lives, live in peace, and contribute to a country that has taken them in.”
“If the political will was there, we could create safe and legal channels so that no-one had to risk their lives in this way.”
Minnie Rahman, from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said: “Those forced to make dangerous journeys across the channel are doing so because they simply have no other options.”
“No-one would risk their life on a crowded dinghy unless their future depended on it.”
“If the Government were serious about tackling trafficking, and resolving this situation once and for all, it would open up safe and legal routes of entry to the UK. ”
“There are many ways to do so, for example, establishing a claims centre in France and introducing humanitarian visas for people seeking asylum.”
“The Government’s proposals will only serve to put people’s lives at ever graver risk and they make a mockery of protections for refugees.”