Safe passage for refugees
People who are brave and resilient enough to have escaped from the worst terrors in this world should not be risking their lives once again to claim asylum in the UK. We know it’s possible to give people safe passage – we do it for Ukrainian refugees – so why not do it for other refugees?
By using an online screening process and issuing travel visas, we could bring refugees to the UK safely to claim asylum – putting people smugglers out of a job. This worked for Ukrainians. So why won’t the Government act?
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Answering your questions
There are lots of myths about people seeking safety on our shores, and none of them get us any closer to a solution. Want the truth about how to stop dangerous small boat crossings? Read on…
How could a visa system work?
If we gave people visas to travel safely, would more people come?
The truth is, people in desperate situations will continue to risk their lives to find safety, until there’s a safer option. We’ve seen that travel visas worked for Ukrainian refugees, it’s time for the Government to roll that option out to everyone who is entitled to seek asylum in the UK.
Can we really afford for people to come to the UK?
This year we have issued 166,000 visas to Ukrainians and 88,000 to people from Hong Kong. There is no reason we can’t do the same for just 40,000 from everywhere else in the world, particularly when we have 1.3 million job vacancies that we are unable to fill.
Why do people cross safe countries?
Are people coming from Calais ‘genuine’ refugees?
Why don’t they come the ‘legal’ way?
Would some visas be refused? Wouldn’t these people still get in small boats?
But remember that 98% of those who currently cross on small boats claim asylum on arrival – their incentive to cross is the hope of a safe life. If the visa is denied that possibility is removed. It is one thing to risk your life for the hope of a safe future, quite another to risk it for a life of permanent instability.
Why are more of the people in small boats men?
Many families will not risk their daughter’s safety on a journey to Europe. People trafficking, sexual abuse, exploitation and violence is far more prevalent for a woman or girls travelling as a refugee, so the men of the family take on the duty, claiming asylum if they survive to bring their family over safely.
So the young men you see on these boats are doing their best to protect their families. Their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, babies, daughters.
How often does a father say they’d die for their daughter, a husband say they’d die for their wife? Well these guys are putting it into practice. Let’s hope and pray that our sons, husbands, partners, nephews and brothers never have to have their love tested like this.
What will the French say about plans for a visa scheme?
What if they don’t have documents?
If suitable ID documents are uploaded online and the visa is issued electronically they will need to attend a biometric appointment on arrival in the UK.