UK to Deport 1000 Migrants By Flying Them Back to Europe
Illegal aliens who crossed English Channel to be flown back to Italy, Germany & France
The UK Government is planning to deport 1,000 migrants, who have illegally crossed the English Channel, by flying them back to mainland Europe once a week, according to reports.
Officials at the Home Office revealed at least 1,000 people are set to be removed from the country and sent to France, Italy, and Germany.
The move was revealed following a response to a Freedom of Information request by the Telegraph.
Earlier this month, a record 416 migrants arrived in the UK on small boats - the most ever recorded on a single day.
Data shows that the total number of migrants who have crossed the sea to Britain in 2020 is now more than 5,600.
Officials at the Immigration Enforcement Secretariat told the Telegraph the illegal border crossings are “thoroughly unacceptable” and said that the Government and Home Secretary Priti Patel are “equally frustrated by the severity of the situation.”
"There is considerable policy work underway to address where the UK’s immigration and asylum system is being exploited and abused," said the response.
"As it currently stands, the system is inflexible and rigid, and is open to abuse by both migrants and activist lawyers to frustrate the returns of those who have no right to be here.”
"We are determined to remove those who have no right to remain in this country," a Home Office spokesperson told the Evening Standard.
"This week we successfully removed a number of asylum seekers who arrived from France in small boats who had no right to remain in the UK and returned them to France and Germany where they had outstanding asylum claims.
"There are more flights planned in the coming weeks and months and we’re working to increase the number of returnees countries are willing to accept on each flight.”
The Government office warned it cannot take simple measures such as returning migrants after intercepting them at sea, due to legal constraints.
Talks are ongoing to get more UK-funded officers on French beaches to prevent migrants from trying to make the dangerous crossing.
Only 29 arriving migrants were sent back to France in 2019.
The Immigration Enforcement Secretariat official told The Telegraph: "There is considerable policy work underway to address where the UK’s immigration and asylum system is being exploited and abused...
"As it currently stands, the system is inflexible and rigid, and is open to abuse by both migrants and activist lawyers to frustrate the returns of those who have no right to be here."
Earlier this week it was revealed the Home Office was eyeing up two former army bases as temporary sites to house refugees while their asylum claims are processed.
Around 400 refugees, including families, will be kept at the Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent after the site was also offered to the Home Office by the Ministry of Defence.
The MoD has also offered Penally Training Camp in Wales, more than 300 miles away from the English Channel.
It could house 250 asylum seekers.
A Home Office spokesperson said: "During these unprecedented times, the government is working with a range of partners and across departments to secure further accommodation and the MoD has offered use of some of its sites.
"When using contingency accommodation we work closely with organizations, including local authorities and law enforcement, throughout the process to ensure value for money and that vulnerable asylum seekers, who would otherwise be destitute, have suitable accommodation while their claims are processed."