We are devastated by the tragic deaths of 27 people attempting to cross the Channel to seek sanctuary in the UK this week. This is yet another warning cry that a compassionate and just asylum system in the UK is urgently needed.
Sadly, we know that this is not a one off. To address the dangerous rise in Channel crossings, we must ensure that safe routes to the UK are created, and that the two-tier system proposed in the Nationality and Borders Bill is stopped.
We’ve created a template letter you can use to write to your MP, to raise these concerns and ask them to take action.
The letter outlines that:
- Analysis from the Refugee Council shows that most people arriving by small boat across the Channel are likely to be fleeing persecution
- Closing safe routes to access asylum in the UK is only going to push people to make dangerous journeys
- The two-tier system for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK established by the bill is only likely to exacerbate discrimination and suffering rather than reducing numbers
You can download the letter to send to your MP here
Find out who your MP is and how to get in touch with them here.