No one ever should be forced to risk their life to reach sanctuary.
But yesterday at least four people lost their life in the Channel trying to reach British shores.
This appalling loss of life was predictable and preventable. Simply put, right now there are no safe ways to reach the UK. Without safe routes, people are left with no choice but to risk everything – therefore what happened in the Channel is a tragedy of this government’s own making.
How many people have to lose their lives before this government starts treating refugees like human beings?
Now is the time for a compassionate and realistic approach.
- No more demonisation of people seeking safety
- No more criminalisation of those who save lives at sea
- No more sensationalist and unworkable policies like the Rwanda scheme.
It’s time for the government to step up. Division and hostility will be our downfall, we need an asylum system built on compassion, dignity and recognition of our shared humanity.
YOUR ADDRESS (this is important to include as MPs will only respond to people within their constituencies)