Kenya: government promises to act on rising number of refugees
Violent scenes of migrants bound for Europe on the Belarus-Poland border have taken center stage internationally, but Britain is experiencing a similar crisis, with a huge increase in the number of refugees crossing the Channel on a boat.
The numbers coming in this year are three times higher than in 2020 – more than 25,700 so far compared to 8,469 for the whole of last year. A new single-day record was set on November 11, when 1,185 foreigners reached the UK.
Migrant boats are often overcrowded and in poor condition, and travelers, including children, drown regularly. At least 10 people are known to have died in recent weeks. British lifeboats patrol the English Channel in search of endangered tenders and bring passengers ashore.
The British tend to blame the government for not being tougher, as well as Brexit for making it harder to deport immigrants, and / or France for not monitoring its beaches properly.
Most of the people making the trip to Europe are from poor, undemocratic countries, including Yemen, Eritrea, Chad, Sudan, Iraq and Iran. They pay exorbitant sums to gangs that promise to transport them overland from their home country to Britain.
Ruthless criminal gangs
The British government claims to have gangsters in its sights. A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “The public is fed up with people dying in the English Channel while ruthless criminal gangs take advantage of their misery.”
Changes are being proposed to the immigration law that would set a maximum sentence of life in prison for anyone facilitating illegal Channel crossings. The new rules would also mean that those claiming refugee status will be judged in part on how they got here and that those using illegal means will not have the same right to claim asylum.
Although Channel crossings have skyrocketed, overall asylum claims have declined slightly this year, apparently due to a shift in strategy on the part of claimants. In the past, migrants often arrived by plane or tried to enter hidden in trucks. However, the Covid pandemic and increased security have made these roads less viable.
Another reason for the upsurge could be that migrants rush to cross before winter conditions make it too dangerous or impossible.
It’s part of football, isn’t it, yelling insults at the referee for decisions you don’t like?
It’s true, but sometimes the spectators and the coaches go too far, even in the school games, and in part of the UK they do something.
In a recent weekend, 21 referees were taken out of Northumberland Football League matches, forcing coaches and parents to referee matches themselves and get a taste of what it’s like to do. ‘officer.
The action, backed by the League, was a direct result of unacceptable levels of abuse since the start of the season.
Other plans include mandatory posters to be displayed by all clubs, with messages such as “Any dissent towards the referees will result in your removal from this venue” and “The abuse of the referees stops now”, also “Zero tolerance. in force “.
League general manager Ian Coates said umpires “take horrible name-calling when they make an honest mistake or make a decision not everyone agrees with.”
“Without our referees there would be no football, so let’s all move forward in a positive way.”