Charter “Channelmigrants” to Europe


Dossier on the new wave of charter flights to France, Germany and Spain deporting people who have crossed the channel in small boats. The next flight is planned for 3 September. Compiled by Calais Migrant Solidarity, Corporate Watch and friends.

Read here in Engl:

The British government has vowed to clamp down on migrants crossing the
Channel in small boats, responding as ever to a tabloid media panic. One
part of its strategy is a new wave of mass deportations: charter flights, specifically targeting channel-crossers, to France, Germany and Spain.

There have been two flights so far, on the 12 and 26 August. The next
one is planned for 3 September. The two recent flights stopped in both
Germany (Duesseldorf) and France (Toulouse on the 12, Clermont-Ferrand
on the 26). Another flight was planned to Spain on 27 August – but this
was cancelled after lawyers managed to get everyone off the flight.

Carried out in a rush by a panicked Home Office, these mass deportations
have been particularly brutal, and may have involved serious legal
irregularities. This report summarises what we know so far after talking
to a number of the people deported and from other sources. It covers:

* The context: Calais boat crossings and the UK-France deal to stop

* In the UK: Yarl’s Wood repurposed as Channel-crosser processing
centre; Britannia Hotels; Brook House detention centre as brutal as
* The flights: detailed timeline of the 26 August charter to Dusseldorf
and Clermont-Ferrand.

* Who’s on the flight: refugees including underage minors and torture

* Dumped on arrival: people arriving in Germany and France given no
opportunity to claim asylum, served with immediate expulsion papers.

* The legalities: use of the Dublin III regulation to evade
responsibility for refugees.

* Is it illegal?: rushed process leads to numerous irregularities. ____

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