I am sorry folks, I don’t normally write about Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, but today has proved to be an exception, you can blame the BBC for that.
During an item on this morning’s Breakfast News programme Nagger Monchetti (sorry, have no idea how to spell it) was covering a news item about immigrants at Calais hiding in lorries, and other acts, in their attempts to reach a ‘safe’ country in order to seek Asylum.
Well, I’m sorry Auntie Beeb, but France IS a ‘safe’ country.
There is a convention that Asylum Seekers should claim Asylum in the first ‘safe’ country they enter, although this does not seem to be enshrined in statute. Where those Asylum Seekers reside whilst their application is being considered is up to the member States of the EU to resolve, but it seems that even if an Asylum Seeker has entered the UK illegally, once they make their claim (if they ever do, and do not just stay here as Illegal Immigrants) then they become ‘Legal’ with the right to remain here (or wherever they are housed) until their claim has been resolved.
Whilst I have sympathy for them and the conditions they are fleeing, rules is rules, and the French traditionally don’t like rules. Why are these Asylum Seekers not being processed in France (or Italy) and housed wherever the EU agrees whilst their claim is considered? Instead we get the Mayor of Calais and other French politicians demanding that the UK does more about the situation in Calais and that we should provide more material assistance. They certainly don’t need our TSG they’ve got their own CRS.
The Immigration system clearly needs to be shaken up and, dare I say, REFORMED, but in the meantime why not stick to the prevailing rules?
More importantly I do not need to be made to feel guilty by the likes of Nagger Manchetti because these immigrants are ‘only trying to reach a safe country’, they’re already in one, if they bring themselves to notice in France let them claim Asylum in France.
Maybe the answer has more to do with the fact that France is not as ‘soft’ as the UK.