Migration Crisis: UK asylum 'hotspot' plan worth exploring, says Migrant Rights Network Director

Migration Crisis: UK asylum 'hotspot' plan is worth exploring, says Migrant Rights Network Director

Tents with migrants in Calais

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Migration expert Don Flynn has told talkRADIO the asylum plan put forward by Calais regional president Xavier Bertrand is "worth exploring". 

The plan would allow migrants in the camp known as the Jungle to claim asylum at certain 'hotspots' before they make the journey across the channel. 

Amber Rudd has dismissed the idea, but despite the home secretary's verdict, Flynn - director of the Migrant Rights Network - feels it shouldn't be shelved so quickly.

"I think it's worth exploring," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Applications for asylum are relatively low compared to France and Sweden, the UK isn't exceptional here. 

"There's certainly a shortage of ideas of how to deal with the situation on the British side and over the months we've seen the problem get worse rather than better. 

"We're seeing 9,000 people gather in the Calais region. The UK has obligations to receive refugees, and something really needs to be done to break this."