Support for People Fleeing War in Ukraine

Part of Home Department – in the House of Commons on 20th June 2022.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department

My hon. Friend is absolutely correct: this is about deterring those dangerous crossings, deterring people smugglers, and carrying on with the long-standing and assiduous work that is taking place through our intelligence and security services and the National Crime Agency, and also upstream. This is about public confidence in the system. We are a generous country, but to maintain that means that we take action, so that we can be fair to those who come to our country, and firm on those who, quite frankly, are exploiting our country.