UK: Doubling officers on French beaches to discourage migrant Channel crossings a 'reckless and blinkered' approach
Home secretary announced the number of officers patrolling beaches will double from next week
'It is profoundly disappointing that yet again these two governments have ignored the needs and rights of people who ought to be at the heart of their response' - Steve Valdez-Symonds
Responding to UK home secretary Priti Patel's announcement that the number of officers patrolling French beaches will double from next week to prevent migrants crossing the Channel, Steve Valdez-Symonds, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director at Amnesty International UK, said:
“It is profoundly disappointing that yet again these two governments have ignored the needs and rights of people who ought to be at the heart of their response.
“Women, men and children make dangerous journeys across the Channel because there are no safe options provided for them - to either reunite with family in this country, or access an effective asylum system, to which they are entitled.
“The UK government must share responsibility for providing sanctuary with its nearest neighbour.
“This continued focus on simply shutting down routes to the UK is blinkered and reckless - it does nothing but increase the risks that people, who have already endured incredible hardship, are compelled to take.”