Migrant Landings in Dover

Issued August 18, 2020
Dover and Deal Liberal Democrat appalled at Tory MP reaction to migrant landings in Dover at the weekend.
Dover and Deal Liberal Democrat chair, Caroline Howden, voiced her considerable concern at Natalie Elphicke MP’s recent tweet (August 16, 2020) about 8 migrants landing at the foot of the White Cliffs, early on last Sunday morning.
Mrs Elphicke did not meet the migrants, neither did she appear to have any knowledge as to why they wanted to claim asylum in the UK.
While Dover and Deal Liberal Democrats condemn any kind of human trafficking and agree that the perpetrators must be held to account, migrants who attempt to reach our shores should not be penalised for human traffickers’ illegal activities.
Said Caroline Howden, chair, Dover and Deal Liberal Democrats:
“I was truly shocked by our MP’s actions on Sunday morning and the lack of empathy she showed towards the migrants’ plight. It is the human traffickers she should be focusing on, not desperate people fleeing injustice, torture or hunger. No one makes the trip across the Channel lightly.
“This ‘hostile environment’ culture which was developed by the Home Office under Theresa May has got to stop. People who choose to move to the UK to build a better life for themselves, whether fleeing persecution, to be with the person they love or to work and contribute to society, should be welcomed. What sort of society can we call ourselves if we do not?
“Liberal Democrats believe all migrants should be permitted the right to work until proved otherwise — if the Government considers that an individual does not have the right to work in the UK, it should be the responsibility of the Government to prove this, not of the individual to prove otherwise. Detention should be as a last resort – not the first resort.”

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