On Friday 25th October, ImmiNews reported on the tragic deaths of 39 migrants who were discovered in a refrigerated lorry in Grays, Essex.
The lorry driver, Maurice Robinson, 25, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday as he is accused of manslaughter and charged with “conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, and money laundering”. Robinson is thought to have been part of a ‘global ring’ of people smugglers.
Harrowingly, reports surfaced yesterday morning revealing that eight migrants – including two children – had been found alive in a UK-bound refrigerated lorry at the port of Calais. This comes just days after the Essex tragedy and raises great cause for concern.
People-smuggling rings exploit the UK’s hostile immigration policies which force vulnerable individuals to make life-threatening journeys. As the government strengthens border security making it increasingly difficult for those hoping to reach the country, people smugglers seize further control of those in desperate circumstances who are willing to pay whatever it takes to reach the UK.
While the government continues to deprive people of safe passages, those escaping their native countries are left with no choice but to attempt methods which significantly jeopardise their safety. The very fact that they would risk their lives should serve as evidence of their vulnerability yet the Home Office insists on employing an antagonistic, vengeful method of attack.
As the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, expressed her condolences towards the 39 migrants discovered in Essex, describing it as an ‘appalling tragedy’, she simultaneously sent further immigration officers and Border Force staff to the Belgian border port of Zeebrugge.
Time and time again, increasing security measures to deter asylum seekers from reaching the UK border has been proven only to exacerbate threats to life as those in need of safety will resort to paying people smugglers.
It is a miracle that the eight migrants who were most recently discovered in Calais were found before it was too late; they, too, suffered in extreme conditions, resulting in hypothermia.
However, in the cruellest form of irony, they will likely be branded ‘illegal immigrants’ before too long as the media and politicians are set on conflating their desperation for survival with a threatening invasion.
It seems we only care when it’s too late; when the most devastating of outcomes occurs and lives are lost.