A charity surveyed those waiting in migrant camps in northern France in the days since the UK government passed legislation making it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the country without a permit.
Care4Calais noted that most had heard of the deal with Rwanda, under which people who arrive ‘illegally’ in the UK under new immigration rules will be sent to the east African country to seek asylum there instead.
Three-quarters of those polled said the plans would not deter them from crossing the Channel, the charity said.
Care4Calais said it didn’t find the results surprising.
“Rwanda makes the headlines, but in essence it is just one more in a long line of deterrent measures announced by this government in recent years. And let’s be honest – they all failed,” one tweet said.
Around 350 were found crossing the English Channel in small boats on Sunday. More people believed to be migrants were taken to Dover on Monday.
It came after what was believed to be an 11-day lull in activity when no crossings were recorded despite reports of high winds and choppy seas.
Care4Calais said they instead wanted to see safe and legal routes for those fleeing dangerous situations.
“The answer to a lot of the problems in Calais is to let refugees apply for visas to safely cross the Channel because now – unless you’re Ukrainian – there is no safe way for a refugee to get to the UK and to apply for asylum,” it said.
“It would put people smugglers out of business and save lives.”
The Home Office has been asked for comment.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/asylum-seekers-calais-rwanda-poll-b2069861.html Asylum seekers in Calais are still aspiring to Britain despite Rwanda plans, a survey shows