Asy­lum claims hit record high

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Giles Sheldrick

BRI­TAIN faces a fresh mi­grant wave af­ter it was re­vealed yesterday that record num­bers made asy­lum claims in the EU in just eight months this year – more than in the whole of 2014.

The alert comes af­ter fig­ures showed that 648,195 asy­lum seek­ers ap­plied to be­gin a new life in Europe.

The claims, to the end of Au­gust, are 20,000 more than for all of last year.

Last month alone nearly 110,000 asy­lum seek­ers and de­pen­dants ap­plied to stay, in­di­cat­ing that refugees are ar­riv­ing at a rate of more than 3,500 a day.

The num­ber of claims was dou­ble those recorded in Au­gust last year, de­spite only nine coun­tries pro­vid­ing fig­ures.

Crit­ics of the EU’s open- door pol­icy say the immigration cri­sis will lead to a sharp rise in asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions here.

The chaos has seen num­bers rock­et­ing in­side the “Jun­gle” camp in Calais where mi­grants gather be­fore try­ing to il­le­gally en­ter the UK.

Ukip MEP Mike Hookem said the dis­turb­ing sta­tis­tics were a “clear il­lus­tra­tion our se­cu­rity is jeop­ar­dised”. He added: “The EU’s bleed­ing- heart pol­icy of open­ing the door to any­one who says they are flee­ing war has al­ready caused di­vi­sions within com­mu­ni­ties and has pro­vided Is­lamic State with an op­por­tu­nity to in­fil­trate our coun­try.

“We have been told there is a se­ri­ous plot by Is­lamic ter­ror­ists foiled once a fort­night yet our Gov­ern­ment won’t take the tough ac­tion needed to con­trol who is com­ing into this coun­try.

“In­stead, along the French coast we still have crim­i­nal gangs mak­ing a for­tune smug­gling illegal mi­grants into this coun­try, con­trol­ling the camps with guns and knives and turn­ing Europe into a gang­land turf war.”

Hungary and Ger­many re­ceived the lion’s share of asy­lum claims last month with 47,095 and 36,415, fig­ures from EU data body Euro­stat showed.

Bri­tain has not yet sub­mit­ted its fig­ures for Au­gust.

Last week the Daily Ex­press re­vealed the num­ber of asy­lum claims in the UK was at its high­est monthly level for more than six years.

A to­tal of 4,305 refugees and their fam­i­lies made claims in Bri­tain in July. The fig­ures sug­gest the rise in ap­pli­ca­tions is di­rectly linked to the mi­grant cri­sis.

It is the high­est fig­ure for any sin­gle month since com­pa­ra­ble records started in Jan­uary 2009 and marks a 120 per cent in­crease on the num­ber try­ing to seek refuge here in April.

The only other time a monthly to­tal has bro­ken through the 4,000 bar­rier was in March 2009, with 4,020.

The Home Of­fice said: “The UK has a long and proud history of of­fer­ing sanc­tu­ary to those who gen­uinely need it and each claim is care­fully con­sid­ered on its in­di­vid­ual mer­its.”

Fears – Ukip MEP Mike Hookem

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