The UK is three times more likely to accept asylum seekers than France | Daily News Byte


The report entitled Sovereign Borders: An International Asylum Comparison also cited France’s failure to provide accommodation for all asylum seekers as a driver for migrants coming to the UK.

Britain is currently spending £5.5 million a day to house 40,000 migrants in hotels. Only 52 percent of asylum seekers in France were accommodated by the government, forcing many to live in makeshift camps.

“For those living in these makeshift camps, life is often precarious and uncertain, subject to camp sanctions and forced evictions that can result in the loss and confiscation of personal belongings and reports of police brutality and abusive practices.”

“There is often limited access to water and sanitation facilities, while many rely on local organizations for food distribution. This could act as a factor to move beyond France.”

Home Secretary Suella Braverman confirmed on Wednesday that the government is considering using decommissioned cruise ships to house asylum seekers as an alternative to hotels, along with former student accommodation, military sites and holiday parks.

It emerged on Wednesday that dozens of asylum seekers are being moved from hotels to Napier Barracks in Folkestone, which was previously condemned as inadequate by MPs and peers.

Ms Braverman told the Lords committee that the asylum bill would rise to £3.5 billion next year, of which £2.7 billion was for housing. She said she had set a target of bringing 100,000 migrants into private accommodation to cut costs.

Migration Watch said: “The UK’s overly permissive asylum rules are outlandish compared to most of Europe and are becoming a powerful magnet drawing thousands of asylum rejects from across Europe on dangerous boat trips across the Channel.”

France also introduced fast-track processing and deportation of failed asylum seekers, while Britain moved in the opposite direction and adopted a “light touch” approach to migration from countries with a tradition of high application success rates, the report said.

Research shows that a significant number of applicants lodge asylum applications in Europe before coming to the UK, suggesting that Britain has become the preferred last resort.


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