Evidence that even the French consider people crossing the Channel in dinghies to be illegal migrants and not Asylum seekers.

Graham Charles Lear
3 min readJul 27, 2022

This is a short article, however, it goes straight to the point.

It pays to keep an eye on what's going on in EU countries. My recent articles have shown a medicine shortage in Germany along with travel chaos in Germany and France.

Now it is the turn of illegal migrants coming from France

The French and British governments have vowed to tackle cross-Channel people trafficking. Policing and surveillance have been stepped up and gangs dismantled. But still migrants risk-taking to the sea.

Two Iraqi Kurds and a Syrian, all in their early 20s, sobbed at their trial in a Boulogne-sur-Mer court on 6 December 2021. A number of incriminating text messages had been found on their mobile phones.

— ‘The boat’s in the forest, your friends are leaving tonight’

— along with photographs of overcrowded inflatable dinghies, wads of banknotes and passports.

All pointing to their involvement in cross-Channel people trafficking. Videos posted on TikTok also advertised clandestine crossings to the UK.

Such evidence illustrates the logistics of people-trafficking networks operating between France and Britain. It also helped establish that this gang had organised illegal Channel crossings in the summer of 2021 for over 500 Libyan, Iraqi, Somali, Eritrean and Vietnamese migrants, making a total estimated profit of €1.3m.

The three men were sentenced to between one and four years in prison for aiding illegal entry or residence.

Did you notice something?

They were sent to prison in France FOR AIDING ILLEGAL ENTRY OR RESIDENCE

While British lawyers and charities are telling everyone these people are asylum seekers the French courts are saying they are nothing of the kind, they are illegals.

One of them, the network’s tout, recruited migrants in the camps; another acted as a go-between; the third drove people to the dunes where they boarded a boat, according to the mobile investigation brigade (BMR) in Coquelles.

This border police unit tracks people traffickers by tailing individuals, intercepting phone calls and pursuing informers’ tip-offs. It likens the people traffickers’ methods to those of drug gangs: foot soldiers look after logistics, accommodation and coordination on the ground, while the masterminds and their hard-to-trace profits remain far away. The groups use an informal hawala-type payment system (a transfer of funds through two intermediaries common in South Asia and the Middle East), with an initial deposit paid to trusted go-betweens abroad, which is released once the migrants reach their destination.

Saurce Élisa Perrigueur

So my question has to be this? Are the charities from the UK that operate in France in the migrant camps in league with these criminals? Has what started out as a compassionate charity operation now turned into a very big cynical operation involving criminals from South Asia and the Middle East making £millions

Furthermore, are the many British law firms and their lawyers who represent these illegal migrants when they land on our shores complicit as well? I say this because I have never seen one lawyer or charity worker who deals with these people ever call them anything else but refugees fleeing torture.

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Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.