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UK: Deal with France is 'recycling the same failed response' to curb dangerous Channel crossings

In response to the UK government signing a deal with France to curb people crossing the Channel, Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK’s Refugee and Migrant Rights Director, said:

“This deal is just the same as previous deals - spending money and resources on intercepting and obstructing people crossing the Channel, while doing nothing to address their need for safe access to an asylum system.

"The inevitable result will be more dangerous journeys and more profits led by ruthless smuggling gangs and other serious criminals exploiting the refusal of the UK and French government to take and share responsibility.

"Perpetuating this dreadful human suffering by recycling the same failed response to punish and deter desperate people in miserable and unsafe conditions has become mindless to the point of cruelty.

"Unless the UK government accepts its share of people into its asylum system - particularly people with family and connections in the UK - there seems little prospect that anything is going to change, let alone improve.”

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