Hundreds of Asylum Seekers Arrested in British Channel

  • They are likely to be returned to France via the Dublin Regulation.
  • The number of migrants and asylum seekers entering the UK through the Channel has decreased.
  • More than half of the asylum seekers were citizens of ten countries.

According to a statement released by the British Home Office, 102 immigrants were detained on Friday crossing the British Channel to the UK. As a result, the number of those arrested in the last two days has reached about 192. Many of those arrested said they were Iranian citizens. Some have come from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Iraq.

The Dublin Regulation is a European Union (EU) law that determines which EU Member State is responsible for the examination of an application for asylum, submitted by persons seeking international protection under the Geneva Convention and the EU Qualification Directive, within the European Union.

They are likely to be returned to France via the Dublin Regulation. Under the agreement, asylum-seekers who have arrived in Europe are only allowed to apply for asylum at the place of entry into European territory. If they move to another European country, they will be returned to their country of origin in Europe.

HM Coastguard is coordinating a search and rescue response to a number of incidents off Kent this morning, working with Border Force, Kent Police, and other partners. Border Force vessels Searcher, Speedwell have been sent, along with RNLI lifeboats and an HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Lydd. HM Coastguard is only concerned with the preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities,” said a Coastguard spokesman.

Number of Migrants Decreasing

According to British Minister for Security Brandon Lewis, the number of migrants and asylum seekers entering the UK through the Channel has decreased. He announced on Friday that a large number of asylum seekers who were illegally migrating from the English Channel to the United Kingdom had been “stopped.”

Brandon Lewis is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Minister of State for Security and Deputy to Home Secretary Priti Patel for EU Exit since July 2019. Lewis previously served as Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio from 2018 to 2019, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Yarmouth since 2010.

Lewis said that only about 5 percent of immigrants crossing the waterway have succeeded this year, which is a significant decrease compared to the same period last year (5 percent). French police have warned immigrants against using small boats to cross the blue border. Some reports suggest that the safety of immigrants aboard boats has been the calm of the sea in recent days.

Asylum Seekers to the European Union

According to the latest report by the European Union Office for Asylum Support (EASO) released in December 2018, the number of asylum applications registered in October 2018 was the highest number that year. In the past few months, the average number of asylum seekers in the European Union has been around 581,000. The number of asylum seekers declined by 10% in October, compared to the same period last year, despite a 5% increase in the number of asylum seekers in October.

According to figures from the European Union’s Office for Asylum Support, three percent of asylum seekers have been unaccompanied children between January and October last year and more than a third of them are citizens of the three countries Afghanistan, Pakistan and Eritrea.

More than half of the asylum seekers were citizens of ten countries, with the number of applications being as follows: Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Albania, Venezuela, Nigeria, and Georgia. It is noteworthy that the number of asylum seekers from all ten countries increased in October of last year.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.


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