According to the “Suddeutsche Zeitung” newspaper, the British institutions yesterday counted the largest number of asylum seekers who have crossed the English Channel to date. Based on this, 872 people reached the British coast on Saturday in small boats from this channel. The British news agency also reported, citing government data, that a total of 872 people arrived irregularly on the country’s shores on Saturday. The previous daily record was 756 arrivals on August 10.
According to official statistics, 5,369 immigrants entered the country in August, which is more than any other month since records began in 2018. In total, almost 21,000 people made this dangerous journey to England this year, which is lower than the same time last year.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently cited this as proof of the effectiveness of strict immigration laws. He emphasized that this decrease in the number of immigrants showed that his plan to deter immigrants works with strict laws. On the other hand, experts note that the weather in the English Channel was worse this year and therefore fewer people put themselves at risk.
England has recently introduced very strict policies towards refugees.
This country recently, in continuation of its strict policies towards refugees, in order to prevent their influx into this country, put a settlement plan in a remote and deserted island on the agenda. Experts say it’s an unconventional strategy that’s causing a stir amid London’s tough anti-immigration policies.
Ascension is a volcanic island of strategic importance to the British military, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and about 1,000 miles from the nearest mainland. Its isolated location and limited infrastructure make it an unusual place to house asylum seekers.
The British House of Lords recently cleared the way for the implementation of the anti-immigrant project planned by the government to prevent the influx of immigrants from the English Channel and approved this plan.
With this law, the British Conservative government wants to reduce the number of immigrants who cross the English Channel in small boats. According to this new law, it is possible to immediately arrest migrants who cross the English Channel in small boats to the British Isles. In the future, they should be deported to their home country or a third country without the opportunity to apply for asylum. Critics of this plan talk about canceling the right to asylum.