‘Majority’ of migrants crossing English Channel are refugees

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The “majority” of men, women and children crossingthe English Channel in small boats are migrants in genuine need of protection, according to a report by British charity Refugee Council published Wednesday. The report – “An analysis of Channel crossings & asylum outcomes” – revealed that 91 percent of people on the small boats come from just ten countries, several of which are in the Middle East and North Africa. These top ten countries, including Iran, Iraq and Syria, have a high rate of successful asylum claims, with 61 percent likely to be granted protection at their initial decision, and 5…

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