Priti Patel Admits Illegal Boats Carry Economic Migrants Not Refugees

Home Secretary Priti Patel gave evidence to the House of Lords and confirmed that the majority of those crossing the English channel on boats are not genuine refugees. She admitted that economic migrants are taking advantage of the situation by tricking the system.

She also said that the policy of transferring the illegal migrants to hotels made Britain an even more attractive destination for those who are currently based on France – a safe democratic country.

Statistics from the Home Office state that 55% of the overall initial asylum decisions in the past year were grants of asylum or humanitarian protection.