‘We’re all going to Britain, one hundred per cent’: Despite tragedy, migrants are determined to come to UK

NS English Channel see it deadliest shipwreck since the migration crisis began last week: 27 people have died when their boat sank trying to reach the UK.

The tragedy – with only two survivors – once again sheds light on the dangers of making a border crossing.

But in France, asylum seekers living in campsites in the frigid temperatures are still determined to come to the UK.

The police often broke the camp and lowered the tent. After that, asylum seekers are often taken to detention centers scattered across France, where they are encouraged to apply for asylum.

This happened to Ali, who describes himself as a Kurdish LGBT+ teenager who had fled Iran, when Grande-Synthe campground has been demolished earlier this week. He was taken to a hotel near the Belgian border and asked why he had not applied for asylum in France.

I said The Independent This is not what he wants. He will go back to Dunkirk and keep trying to get to the UK.

“We’re all going to England, one hundred percent,” he said. “No one will seek asylum in France.”

Ali, who says he is 18, says he wants to go to the UK because his mother is there. He also speaks English and speaks French with great difficulty.

Police and workers in protective gear dismantled the Grande-Synthe camp earlier this week

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Other asylum seekers in Grande-Synthe also want to come to the UK because of family members or because they know the language.

Arish, 22 years old from Iraqi Kurdistan, is one of them. When asked why he wanted to come to England, he said: “Because the language is English.” He also has an older brother in the UK who has lived there for 18 years.

English was part of the curriculum in both Iraq and Iran’s public schools, which were subject to the UK’s upheaval for much of the 20th century.

Anna Richel, a charity worker in Dunkirk, told The Independent many asylum seekers want to go to the UK instead of staying in France because they already have family there.

Brexit also means that people who have left their home countries have a better chance of getting asylum in the UK than in France, she added.

There are many people who want to apply for asylum in France but can’t

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The UK was once part of the EU’s Dublin agreement, which allowed countries to send asylum seekers back to the first European country they entered, where they were responsible for their applications. The UK no longer participates in these regulations after Brexit – but France still is.

Ms Richel from Utopia 56 said the Dublin deal had a “huge impact”. “If someone sets foot in another European country, they cannot apply for asylum in France.”

She added: “It really matters. There are a lot of people who want to apply for asylum in France but can’t.”

The UK has changed its domestic asylum laws so requests can be considered inadmissible if the applicant has traveled through another safe country first – but the country has not made any arrangements but any way to bring people back to these places. Instead, cases must be negotiated separately.

Of the 25,700 people who have reached the UK safely this year, only five have been brought back to Europe, according to ministers. This compares with 294 years ago, when the UK was still in the Dublin accord.

A man calls someone in the Grande-Synthe camp near Calais

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Ms Richel said: “It’s not enough to say that Britain is not El Dorado. The Independent. “Asylum seekers in France” have no other choice for a free and decent life, she said.

Some say they would rather go to the UK than stay in France, as they see it as a better place to try and get a job.

“The first and biggest reason for all the asylum seekers is good economic conditions,” said Pouya, a young Kurdish man from Iran. The Independent. Britain also has a good standard of living with good health care and education, he added.

Omar, who was also at the Grande-Synthe camp last week, also talked about job opportunities as one of the reasons he wanted to come to the UK. He wants to continue working in marketing, like he did in Iran.

Others simply say they see Britain as their best chance to be safe. Some Iranians in Dunkirk told The Independent they don’t feel safe in France, assuming there are Iranian links there. Iran is believed to have sought to target in 2018 a gathering of opponents of the Iranian regime outside Paris, and many Iranian dissidents have targeted in covert operations across continental Europe.

Ali, a Kurdish teenager from Iran, said there were already a lot of people from his community in the UK – which makes it an attractive place to be.

He remained determined to get to England, despite the failure of being sent miles away from Dunkirk – and the risks of crossing the Channel.

“We have to go to England,” he said The Independent. “We have to try.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “Our New Immigration Plan, currently being passed by parliament, will overhaul the broken asylum system and reduce many historical drag factors by making it firmer for those who come here via parallel illegal routes and fairer for those people. use our safe asylum programs. “ ‘We’re all going to Britain, one hundred per cent’: Despite tragedy, migrants are determined to come to UK


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