British PM Boris Johnson has told refugees and asylum seekers looking to come to the UK via the English Channel: “We will send you back.” In a statement to ITV News, Johnson said:
If you come illegally you are an illegal migrant, and I’m afraid the law will treat you as such.
His statement comes in response to the recent arrival of 64 refugees and asylum seekers, including four children, via the English Channel.
Human rights lawyer Annette Elder said the UK can’t just turn everyone away, because it’s “bound by legal obligations”. Elder said that this is an example of the criminalisation of asylum seekers. She also described the PM’s language as “inflammatory” and said, “Everyone has a right to seek asylum”.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has said it’s important to consider if people are seeking refuge from countries affected by war, such as Syria or Afghanistan.
Asylum seekers in France have previously said they left their home countries due to political persecution. The UN has described conditions in France’s migrant camps as dire, making some willing to even risk death to come to the UK.
Featured image via Youtube/ ITV News
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