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Also in the United Kingdom is the migrantenleven difficult

Many transitmigranten do not want to seek asylum in Belgium and France because they go to England would, in their eyes the promised land. But is the situation on the other side of the Channel really better?

First, a striking observation: according to a study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) allowed the appeal of the United Kingdom is not exaggerated. In 2016 interrogated …

First, a striking observation: according to a study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) allowed the appeal of the United Kingdom is not exaggerated. In 2016 and asked the organisation to 4,000 refugees, who, through the balkan routes and the Mediterranean Sea to Europe had come. On the question of which country their preferred destination, said 6 percent of the people that Mediterranean Sea were come, the United Kingdom. Who through the Balkans had come, spoke, not even about the UK.

Why England? Good question…

Research shows that most migrants have no clear goal. ‘Generally, it is striking how few refugees around Europe know. They know really the differences between the European countries, so they go off on what they are of family or friends to hear. Or what people smugglers them on the sleeve pins, ” writes Heaven Crawley. They did for the British Vluchtelingenraad research into the motives for migrants to enter the United Kingdom to come

That is also the experience of aid agencies in England. “The refugees who pass us, often have no good explanation of why in England, they ended up,” says Chai Patel of the Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. “Some indicate that the language plays a role and that they have a family to live. But often the hope of an important role. They feel badly treated in France or Belgium and they hope that they are in the United Kingdom longer welcome.’

In the research of Crawley is also the ‘soft approach’ of the British forward as an explanation for the attraction. ‘The UK may have had that reputation,’ said Plates, ‘but in the meantime, the policy greatly strengthened. It is not because an identity card is not required here is that you’re just under the radar. Are you looking for a house or do you want to go to the doctor, then you will your identity and legal residence must be proved.’

Official requests remain limited

The fact is that the number of illegal migrants is large. Last year estimated a former head of the Immigration their number at a million. Possible remains something easier to get in England without papers in the informal economy in which to work.

Is certain is that the number of official asylum applications fairly limited. In 2016, there were 38.000. For comparison: Germany was in that year, more than 500,000 to process. Our country is about 18,000. Whom recognized that will be waiting an equally long way along the settings. In addition, camps are the services concerned with disadvantage. The last five years were 59.000 asylum applications approved.

As long as you are not recognized, you may not weeks, and you have only limited entitlement to benefits. An adult gets approximately 37 pounds (42 euros) per week. That is less than in France. In addition, the life in England – especially in London where most of them want to go – more expensive than in France. Who in the asylum procedure, has the right to housing and free health care.

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