A conservative estimate of the number of refugees now displaced in France stands at 5,600 but there are figures which suggest it could be closer to 8,000 – that’s not to mention the 1,500 unaccompanied minors.
This government is currently doing a fraction of what it needs to do to meet the target of rehousing 20,000 refugees by 2020 and 3,000 unaccompanied minors on top of that.
The figures of those waiting in limbo-land while their applications for asylum are being assessed at the beginning of this year speak volumes – 34,000! That’s 34,000 vulnerable people whose lives are on hold, who are unable to earn a living and
The system for claiming asylum in this country needs to be overhauled to make it smoother, more humane and more sensible.
While the Calais closure and the way in which it was done has been horrific I do hope it gives this government a jolt into action. As a Liberal Democrat I will certainly be keeping up the pressure as that 2020 commitment deadline gets ever-closer.