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
* 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. ____