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A National Crime Agency (NCA) chief has said that Iranian boat migrants are keen to be picked up by UK authorities after crossing the English Channel because they know there is a low chance of them being deported.
Director General of Operations Steve Rodhouse outlined to MPs at the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday that some 500 migrant arrivals by boat from coastal Europe to Kent in the last year represents a “very different model compared to organised immigration crime.”
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“Typically, in the past, if people have been using general maritime to make the journey, they will do so in a clandestine fashion,” Mr Rodhouse said, explaining that usually, “shore parties” greet the illegal aliens on arrival before transporting them to other parts of the country, evading entirely authorities and the immigration system.
“The business model is for the migrants to reach the point where they can engage with UK authorities whether it be on land or at sea and claim asylum at that point… that’s a different business model,” Mr Rodhouse said, noting that the “overwhelming majority claim Iranian citizenship and asylum in the UK.”
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Mr Rodhouse alluded to the perception of the UK as being soft on asylum and expulsion as being a major pull factor for the migrants, saying, “One of the things that impacts on this business model… is that people are happy to be and are actively seeking to be caught or engaging with UK authorities because they don’t fear being returned and that is...
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