Many migrants living in the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais are ‘probably not’ genuine refugees who flock there just to get to the UK, a senior immigration judge said today.
Mr Justice McCloskey also said many have ‘no real basis’ to be there and will decline to claim asylum in France in favour of Britain because of ‘perceived advantages’.
He also said there was no reason for many in the squalid camp to remain there.
His warning came in a landmark ruling allowing three teenagers and a disabled man from Syria to come to Britain from Calais because their siblings are already here.
Campaigners claim the case could clear the way for hundreds more to come from the Calais camp
Justice McCloskey said their case was ‘special’ but admitted that it could lead to hundreds more similar asylum applications.
His full judgment, issued today said: ‘It seems likely that there is no real basis for many of its occupants remaining indefinitely in The Jungle and enduring the conditions that obtain there.
‘Many are probably not refugees in any general sense or any sense entitled to recognition.
‘Rather, they are migrant nationals of a number of countries outside the European Union, who, while intending to make a claim for refugee status, decline to make the claim in France due to perceived advantages, correct or otherwise, of doing so in the United Kingdom.
‘In general terms there is no basis at all for thinking that a person who claims asylum in France will not be treated properly and will not have the benefit of the reception and other facilities which those duties entail.’
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