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UK: Ministers must 'face up to reality' and set up safe asylum routes after Channel crossing tragedy

In response to reports of at least two deaths in the English Channel, Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK’s Refugee and Migrant Rights Director, said:

“We are heartbroken by this loss of life and our immediate thoughts are with the family and friends who have lost their loved ones.

"The new Home Secretary must finally be the one to face up to reality.

“People will continue to attempt dangerous Channel crossings while they are without safe access to fair and efficient asylum procedures on each side of the water – including safe routes to the UK for people whose family and other connections are here.

“We urge ministers to radically change their focus – rather than trying to avoid all responsibility for asylum, the UK must accept its part in providing safety and encourage other countries to do the same.”

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