12 migrants were deported to France and Germany yesterday as illegal migration to Britain continues.
Immigration Minister Chris Philp said yesterday that: “Today we removed people who came by small boat but had previously claimed asylum in other EU countries back to those EU countries.
“These crossings are dangerous, unnecessary and futile – we will seek to return people who make them. Yesterday and today, no-one made the crossing.”
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The Home Office have reiterated that: “Small boat crossings are totally unnecessary and we continue to return migrants with no right to be in the UK.
“Another flight left today with more planned in the coming weeks.”
The BBC’s Simon Jones reported that 12 migrants in total were removed to France and Germany.
And he also reported that a total of 27 migrants who reached the UK illegally via small boats have been removed this month, compared to 1,442 who have arrived via this route in August.
Responding to Labour MP Stella Creasy, Minister Chris Philp said: “No one is getting ‘persecuted’ in France – a civilised country with a well-functioning asylum system.
“There is no reason or excuse to make these dangerous journeys which are facilitated by ruthless criminals.”