13 Ways to stop the Channel Migrant Crisis

2021 has been a bumper year for people traffickers selling their UK Eldorado travel packages to their middle eastern customer base. For a mere $1500 they get you a travel pass from Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran into Turkey. For another $5000 they get you across to Europe for a sojourn in Northern French holiday resort of Calais. Finally, or the sum of 5000 euros they get you onto a huge inflatable dinghy and set sail for England. 

If the boat doesn’t get you there People Traffickers Holidays will call the RNLI emergency lines who will collect you for free. It’s cheaper than Uber and more reliable. So

2021 has been a bumper year for people traffickers selling their UK Eldorado travel packages to their middle eastern customer base. For a mere $1500 they get you a travel pass from Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran into Turkey. For another $5000 they get you across to Europe for a sojourn in Northern French holiday resort of Calais. Finally, or the sum of 5000 euros they get you onto a huge inflatable dinghy and set sail for England. 

If the boat doesn’t get you there People Traffickers Holidays will call the RNLI emergency lines who will collect you for free. It’s cheaper than Uber and more reliable. So far this year 25,000 have taken them up on the offer and pocketed those intrepid entrepreneurs with approximately $304 million dollars or £228 million pounds for those Brits who will have to pay. That’s the equivalent of 6832 average salaried nurses.

Of course once the Channel migrant reaches the UK his status changes from illegal migrant to asylum applicant and from there on in the costs the UK taxpayer balloon even further. In the first year average costs are £40,000 per asylum applicant. 

These include the shared costs of the police, border force and immigration agencies, medical staff initial assessments, transportation to holding centres, accommodation, heating, food and allowances, ongoing medical costs, translation services, education and huge sums to councils to manage integration, legal costs and legal aid plus the costs of funding the “charitable sector” to campaign for such groups. 

These are estimates and the amounts are likely to be higher but with an annual cost of circa £1 billion anyone in government would suggest this is an issue? But there is no complaints from the  Treasury and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, nor Health, Education or any other minister where these costs impact. Instead they simply absorbed the cost by asking for more.

So this week Mr. Johnson Maurice met with a Polish prime minister on Friday, and we’re led to believe he discussed that country’s illegal migration problems. 

The huge numbers of illegal migrants on the Poland – Belarus border is equivalent to that of the numbers residing in Calais waiting got get to the Uk. Yet the approach to dealing with the border crisis is totally different in Poland 

The Polish governments response is robust and to refuse access.  They built built a huge fence including razor wire, put 15,000 soldiers on the borders, 5,000 police and allow the public to monitor and arrest any illegals that tried to get. When trouble started and a push to get through began they used water cannons to push them back

The results have been clear very few have managed to cross and now Belarus is flying men back to Iran and Iraq.

The British approach has not been stern at all. They have given the French 220 million over 10 years build one of their camps, fence off another of their camps and watch as the French police help them by ignoring the boats as they go in. Wwe take in 25,000 illegals in one year, send out our Navy border agency in lifeboat service to act as a taxi.

Then we house them, feed them, educate them, treat them with money and give them some spending. it certainly isn’t taking back control of our borders 

It’s not that Britain can’t do anything and here are a number of [00:02:00] ways in which I believe that politicians can deal with the crisis and actually take back control of our borders.

One. Increase our Naval presence in the channel with a permanent search, rescue and remove teams trained to ensure that the boats do not get into UK territorial waters too. Use our advanced tracking and international law permits return and pushing back migrant boats at sea into French territorial waters. If migrants fall in, you can then return them to France.

Two. Use international law like the law of Safety Of Life At Sea convention to return both people back to France. These laws permit the UK to do And when we do so we immediately return them to French BC beaches. We face down the French fleet, if they oppose and challenge them in the law courts.

Three. We remove funding from the RNLI to rescue such boats with responsibility only being in the hands of the navy and border force teams . This singular approach will focus the issue more clearly on border management.

Four We change asylum laws to only grant temporary asylum status for those that come across the channel and make any migrant that hasn’t made a claim in the EU inadmissible, unless they can prove France, Germany, Belgium, Holland was so dangerous and threatening to their lives. Make it a condition that an applicant has to prove that their lives are in danger in these countries to see how they explain how Holland is dangerous to their lives and acts similarly to those in Iraq, Iran, or Syria. C. 

Five. Review membership of the European convention on human rights and any other international conference to exclude migrants rights to remain 

Six. Build asylum reception centres in really remote areas of the UK, such as the Scottish islands. Make it impossible for them to move from the centres, get work or escape. This impacts the debt financing models of the travel journey where migrants take loans from the people traffickers and pay them back.

Let all leg cases be by zoom We can do it for work. Why can’t we do it for asylum applications? We’re still abiding by international law, but just not being housed in your towns and cities, 

Seven. We offer money to third countries to house or shore reception centers. Though Albania refused to be included calculations showed that that they would make about half a billion pounds a year. The would actually save over half a billion as well. It’s a win-win for both countries nine. 

Eight. Try again to negotiate with France to allow us to put UK soldiers and border agency staff on the ground in France. 

Nine. We’d offer the French joint sea patrols to work with them. Why not take the French sea patrols out in any case, saving them money and we’ll just do it for them. This is another costs saving for the French and the UK is paying them anyway,

Ten. Initiate an international conference, pulling together the countries that face most migrants to change the law. The aim to consider changing the UN Convention on Refugees and other legislation to prevent the current people trafficking model.

Eleven. Make it life imprisonment in the UK for any person involved in people trafficking and use the force of anti money laundering regulations to stop and remove any profits. Use Security services to analyse if nation states and government officials are involved and use sanctions on them. 

Twelve. Remove the right to remain on any person or British citizenship, including families, of those involved with people trafficking. This is very draconian on families but is a powerful deterrent. Use terror legislation to stop them. 

Thirteen. Return all migrants back to their countries of origin. Of course, that will be difficult. Getting the fact that most of them are coming from Iran, but certainly we should be able to shift them all back to Iraq after all we’re funding, Iraq, to the tune of hundreds of millions each year propping up their government.

These are a few of the suggestions but how many will be enacted?

The UK government is struggling to enact any solutions so it is likely not many will see the light of day. 

 

Steven Woolfe

Steven Woolfe

He strongly believes his background and route through life enables him to understand both the needs of communities affected by immigration and the life of immigrants who have settled in the UK. He passionately believe Britain is not a racist nation, but a fair one where all can live but policies need to address the inequities in society and the impacts of immigration both positive and negative.