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The EU migrant crisis

Since the end of July and beginning of August 2020, the UK’s Border Force has picked up an extraordinary number of migrant boats attempting to cross the English Channel illegally. A high-rise of 202 migrants were found on 20 vessels on Thursday 30th July 2020 and more than 4000 people have successfully, as well as illegally, crossed the Channel this year alone.

The main places these migrants are desperately trying to escape from are Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, Eritrea, Chad, Egypt. The main reasons for this escapism to the UK are multiple, including violence between religious groups, civil wars, political turmoil, and undemocratic controls by governments.

Government response

“We have reaffirmed our unshakeable and shared commitment to making sure this route of crossing the channel is made unviable…migrants will have no reason at all to come to France in the first place”– Chris Philip, Conservative MP.

The UK and French governments have partnered together with the aim to complete remove the route that illegal migrants travel through to cross the Channel illegally. There are only deliberations occurring between the two nations at present. However, this presents an opportunity to completely replace the EU legal framework governing this area.


Evidently, there is a “shared commitment” to change the laws for migrant removals and to stop these high levels of illegal immigration into the UK. Although operational matters have not been discussed yet, it seems that the UK government seeks to replace the EU law governing this area, known as the Dublin Regulation. This law enables EU Member States to transfer asylum seekers to other countries in the bloc whilst assessing their individual asylum applications.

Because the UK wants to replace the Dublin regulation to ease the transfer of asylum seekers, this may be a hot topic before and even after Brexit during the transition period. Potentially, this could be the foundation for other changes to immigration and asylum laws in the UK after Brexit, particularly if an agreement cannot be reached.

Individuals are advised to be aware of the new changes to the UK’s immigration system and be conscious of future amendments in this area. Please view our previous publications to find out more.

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