A refugee crisis charity has urged the public to ‘take action now’ as it hit out at the Home Office’s proposed New Plan for Immigration.
Care4Calais has urged people to write to their MPs in order to highlight their concerns at Home Secretary Priti Patel’s overhaul of the UK immigration system, which, it said, ‘is anything but fair’.
An open consultation is currently underway on the New Plan for Immigration policy paper and will close next week, on 6th May.
In their campaign on the issue, Care4Calais said that although Ms Patel has ‘badged’ the announcement made on 23rd March as ‘fair’, ‘the reality is anything but’.
‘For the first time, whether people enter the UK legally or illegally will have an impact on how their asylum claim progresses; the Government’s proposed amendments suggest that only those who arrive via a ‘legal’ route should be helped,’ said Care4Calais.
‘But the thing is, less than one per cent of the world’s refugees get chosen for resettlement schemes, which are the main ‘legal’ route. Should the rest just stay and accept their fate? Or should they do everything in their power to help themselves and their family? I know what I’d do.’
The charity points out that refugees are not going to be able to obtain travel visas from the oppressive regime they are fleeing, meaning if they are desperate they will have to travel ‘illegally’.
‘It’s not fair that the cornerstone of Britain’s new plan for asylum is to deny help to desperate people who have no other way to travel.
‘Just because someone pays a people smuggler it does not mean that they are not in genuine need of asylum – quite the opposite is true; people in desperate need do whatever they can to survive.’
Care4Calais is urging the public to write to their MPs to voice their opposition to the cruel plans and has created a letter template as part of a quick process to assist people in doing so.
The charity said the Government’s focus on so-called ‘illegal travel’ is ‘not just misleading, but dangerous and damaging to our society as a whole’, as ministers brand refugees ‘illegal’ and ‘criminal’.
It said it is ‘saddened and disturbed’ to see leaders creating division in communities, instead urging them to focus on uniting them by treating vulnerable refugees with ‘compassion and respect’.
‘It’s certainly not fair that ordinary people have to pick up the pieces when the Government chooses to turn its back on those in desperate need,’ it added.
To write to your MP or find out more, see: https://care4calais.org/far-from-fair/
Picture: Migrants cross the English Channel in a dinghy.