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UK News UK must ‘consider its role’ in migrant crisis – campaigners

17:40  14 august  2020
17:40  14 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a sign sitting on the grass: Handout photo issued by Campaign Against Arms Trade of protesters in Tilbury with anti-war banners to demonstrate against the Bahri Yanbu’s expected arrival, as concerns have been raised after the Saudi Arabian cargo ship feared to be carrying weapons for the Yemen conflict made a “cloak-and-dagger” stop at a UK dock on Wednesday night. (Campaign Against Arms Trade/PA) © Campaign Against Arms Trade Handout photo issued by Campaign Against Arms Trade of protesters in Tilbury with anti-war banners to demonstrate against the Bahri Yanbu’s expected arrival, as concerns have been raised after the Saudi Arabian cargo ship feared to be carrying weapons for the Yemen conflict made a “cloak-and-dagger” stop at a UK dock on Wednesday night. (Campaign Against Arms Trade/PA)

The UK must stop “demonising” refugees and consider its own role in creating the circumstances they are escaping from, campaigners say.

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Migrant crisis is the intense difficulty, trouble, or danger situation in the receiving state (destination country) due to the movements of large groups of immigrants (displaced people, refugee or asylum seeker) escaping from the conditions (natural or artificially created)

Thousands of migrants have risked their lives to reach the UK this year by crossing the English Channel in everything from kayaks to a paddling pool.

The list of countries they hail from is diverse, but many have left nations wracked by conflicts the UK has been linked to in some way.

Places like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya have all seen direct British military involvement in some form.

Meanwhile, a small number of migrants have been seen coming from Yemen, which is suffering what is believed to be the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

a lit up city at night: Bahri Yanbu, the Saudi state-owned cargo ship, arriving in Sheerness in Kent, which was believed to be carrying Belgian arms destined for use in the war in Yemen (TP/Dover Strait Shipping/PA) © Provided by PA Media Bahri Yanbu, the Saudi state-owned cargo ship, arriving in Sheerness in Kent, which was believed to be carrying Belgian arms destined for use in the war in Yemen (TP/Dover Strait Shipping/PA)

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SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who is a member of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Yemen, told PA the Government has a responsibility to refugees and criticised its response to small boats crossings.

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“Historically the numbers of Yemenis that have made it here has been quite a low number.”

Ms Thewliss called on the Government to establish safe and legal routes for people wishing to claim asylum in the UK.

Commenting on the UK’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, she said: “We are selling arms to one party in a conflict, we really have to step up and take more responsibility than (we) normally would.

“Saudi Arabia cannot be trusted to use the arms that we sell them responsibly. We should not be selling to them, it’s as simple as that.”

On the wider small boats issue, Ms Thewliss said the idea of sending the Navy in to deal with people in rubber dinghies is “outrageous” and said the Government was using it as a distraction from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In February PA revealed how a Saudi Arabian cargo ship feared to be carrying weapons for the Yemen conflict made a “cloak-and-dagger” stop at a UK dock under cover of darkness.

Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against Arms Trade, said: “The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the worst in the world.

“It is a crisis that has been exacerbated and fuelled by UK-made arms and the UK government’s support for the brutal Saudi-led bombardment.

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“Many of the people crossing the Channel have left terrible circumstances.

“They are people that deserve empathy and solidarity, not the kind of scaremongering and scapegoating that we have seen from Boris Johnson and his colleagues.

“Governments like the UK must stop demonising refugees and consider their own roles in creating the circumstances that people are escaping from.”


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French politician blames UK for death of young Sudanese migrant .
Pierre-Henri Dumont said the death was caused by Britain’s refusal to allow asylum claims to be made outside the UK. He asked: “How many more tragedies does it need for the British to find an ounce of humanity?”French citizenship minister Marlene Schiappa said on Twitter that a 16-year-old Sudanese migrant had died on the same day that dozens more migrants attempted the dangerous crossing to the UK.

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