A proportion of those who are illegally crossing the Channel to get to the UK have repeatedly claimed asylum in countries across Europe but then been rejected.
The next stop on their huge asylum shopping spree? The UK.
The Home Office noted earlier this year the case of an individual who ‘claimed asylum in a European country, and then travelled to the UK via small boat on multiple separate occasions, claiming asylum each time‘.
The number of those doing so may be very high since the government said last year that 70% of those who claimed asylum after arriving this way were found to be inadmissible (having already traveled through and possibly claimed asylum in safe European countries, with many such claimants being rejected).
Asylum rejection rates at first instance are much higher in France and the EU than the UK. Only 20% of asylum claims at accepted at first consideration in France, compared with 48% in the UK. Once bogus claimants realise they are not going to be granted asylum in France or elsewhere they are turning towards the increasingly soft touch that is the UK.
Last year the press reported the case of Iranian Ali Tahmasbi, who had been refused asylum [in Germany] twice and his permission to work removed as a result. He said: “I work at the restaurant illegally to save money to get to France and reach England on the traffickers’ boats or lorries. I have two friends, a couple, who were refused asylum here and reached England a few weeks ago. I know others too” (see media report).
The illegal Channel debacle (which is seeing numbers skyrocket – make sure you regularly visit our Tracking Station) is just the latest and most flagrant example of rampant asylum abuse.
Yet NGOs are encouraging these deadly and illegal crossings by excusing the law-breaking and pretending that everyone crossing is a genuine refugee. One ‘charity’ wants a new resettlement route for people waiting in Northern France, many or most of whom will have already claimed asylum in the EU and been rejected, perhaps multiple times.
The NGO’s ‘solution’ would just massively increase the problems in Calais – involving the direct transfer of many bogus asylum claimants to the UK. It would sanctify asylum abuse and asylum shopping, while crowding out genuine refugees from our already-overwhelmed system and make this illegal immigration crisis immeasurably worse.
The only solution is for the UK and European countries to swiftly return to their countries of origin the many asylum claimants who are found to be bogus.
Illegal immigration is already a criminal offence and failed asylum seekers should be returned immediately. The trouble is that even those caught red-handed having entered the UK without permission are hardly ever prosecuted (see our blog).
Meanwhile, data released by the Home Office last year confirmed that the cost of the asylum system rose from £474 million in 2014/15 to £956 million in 2019/20.
The latter total is equivalent to paying salaries of over 30,000 police officers (see average police office salary here).
The data was quietly issued as part of this Home Office release in late August – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-protection-data-august-2020
More recently the Home Office put the annual cost of asylum operations at £1.3 billion.
Total costs include increased spending on free housing and payments for around 60,000 asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers.
The number receiving their living costs from the taxpayer has increased by 40% since 2015, according to the Home Office data.
Yet despite the increased spending the Home Office has said there has been an ‘increase’ in asylum abuse
The occurrence of rampant asylum abuse has however been corroborated by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders, former senior Home Office personnel, a number of think tanks (e.g. Policy Exchange and Civitas) and judges (for more see our separate blog post about asylum abuse).
Abuse of asylum system is unfair and must be stopped.