NAVY AT THE CROSSING
HOME Secretary Priti Patel has asked the Royal Navy to prevent desperate migrants from crossing the English Channel to get into the UK.
A migrant is any child or adult who leaves their country to live elsewhere. Some leave for reasons such as war or violence, and hope to be granted official refugee status, which would mean they could stay and make a new home; these migrants are known as asylum seekers.
This week, a lot of people were talking about the number of migrants attempting the dangerous journey across the English Channel to get to the UK from mainland Europe. Last Thursday, 235 people made the crossing into Dover in Kent – the record for a single day. That same day, Kent County Council said it took care of 23 migrant children who had made the dangerous journey without any family. More than 4,000 migrants travelling in small boats have successfully crossed the Channel from France into the UK this year.
Some Conservative MPs say that too many migrants are being allowed into the UK after making the crossing and are demanding tougher action. This is one of the reasons why Priti Patel has asked the Navy to help.
However, Amnesty International UK’s Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director, Steve ValdezSymonds, described the request as “unlawful, reckless and dangerous”.
He added: “What is needed is co-operation with France to share responsibility for providing a place of safety, including the UK Government reuniting families and enabling more people to travel safely to make asylum claims in this country.”
Mrs Patel said that she is “absolutely committed to making this incredibly dangerous route” too tough for migrants to cross.
One of our Kidversation films made with the BFI, Sky Kids and FYI is about a young refugee from Iran called Arven. You can watch his story at first.news/arvenrefugee.