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Reform policy on Channel Crossings and create safe routes for refugees

Submitted by Steven Martin on Thursday 9th September 2021

Published on Friday 17th September 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 17th March 2022

Current Signatures: 5,977
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Reform policy on Channel Crossings and create safe routes for refugees

Petition Details

It has been reported that the Home Office is training staff to employ “turn-around” tactics at sea, to send back small boats carrying migrants. The Government should abandon this policy, and invest in long-term solutions and safe and legal routes for refugees wishing to seek sanctuary in Britain.

Additional Information

International maritime law stipulates that ships have a clear duty to assist those in distress, people at risk of losing their lives at sea must be rescued. The plans announced by the Home Office are in stark contrast to these obligations. Seeking to turn around boats carrying migrants, rather than offering aid, could put the lives of thousands of innocent refugee children, women and men have at greater risk.

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