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Migrants crossing the English Channel in dinghies – stupid, dangerous, and criminal acts?

Over the past weeks the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has claimed that a new invasion of stupid, dangerous and criminal migrants was trying to reach British shores in dinghies. This commentary addresses the notions of ‘stupid, dangerous, and criminal acts’ and concludes that yes, the asylum system is broken. Measures need to be taken to open up safe, legal means for all people fleeing armed conflict, death, torture, and other forms of persecution to make their asylum claims in the UK.

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