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New Refugee Council analysis shows most people arriving by small boats across the Channel are likely be fleeing persecution

November 18, 2021 12:31 PM
By Chris Brett

Recently, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel made the following statement:

"all the data and evidence has shown this - that in the last 12 months alone 70% of the individuals who have come to our country illegally via small boats are single men, who are effectively economic migrants.
They are not genuine asylum seekers."

But the Refugee Council released a new Report yesterday, using Freedom of Information data and the Government's own statistics to show that this statement is false. Our research finds that, of the top ten nationalities of people crossing the Channel, 61% of people arriving by boat are likely to be granted protection by the Home Office. These are people fleeing for their lives, desperately seeking safety.

The Home Office have stated that 98% of people who cross the Channel claim asylum and our research looks at the likely outcomes of these claims.

You can use the information in this Report to fight fake news and misinformation