Catholic body condemns UK plan to turn back boats

Asylum seekers at sea (Habitat for Humanity)

The Jesuit Refugee Service in Britain has condemned the “extraordinarily dangerous proposal” to send boats back across Channel. Source: The Tablet.

JRS UK said the proposal would mean “people will drown”.

The Catholic charity spoke out about government proposals to send back small boats carrying refugees and migrants in the English Channel, after news that Border Force staff are being trained to employ turn-around tactics at sea under plans developed for two years.

Sarah Teather, JRS director, said the proposal contravenes the most basic principles of refugee protection, casting out people seeking asylum without even considering their claim.

Rather than fixing the asylum system, the government appears to have decided we should not have one at all, she said.

She added that there was ample evidence that simply closing borders forces people seeking sanctuary to make even more dangerous journeys.

JRS UK renewed its calls for safe routes to sanctuary, and a more human approach to those seeking asylum, as laid out in its recent report Being Human in the Asylum System. JRS also spoke out again against proposed legislation in the government’s New Plan for Immigration and Nationality and Borders Bill, which it said would punish people for the way in which they arrive in the UK to seek asylum, and increase barriers to sanctuary for the most vulnerable survivors of trafficking and modern slavery.


JRS condemns proposal to turn back migrants (By Ruth Gledhill, The Tablet)

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