Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

Home Office written question – answered on 14th November 2022.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of small boat crossings of the English Channel.

Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Secretary of State for the Home Department

As we approach the first anniversary of the tragic deaths in the Channel last November, we are more determined than ever to end the vile business model of people smugglers and are working with our international partners to stop people putting their lives at risk through dangerous and illegal journeys.

Those who travel to the UK by illegal, dangerous and unnecessary methods, including via small boat crossings across the Channel, will be considered for relocation to Rwanda, where they will have their asylum claim processed – they will not return to the UK.

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