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Securing Maritime Borders
Humane National Security

Thursday 20th April 2023 - 10am – 1230pm

According to official figures, more than 42,000 people have crossed the Channel in small boats in 2022.  Under a new agreement, signed by Home Secretary Suella Braverman in Paris, the UK will pay France £63m this year, up from £55m last year, to try to stop people crossing the English Channel in small boats. This will pay for increased surveillance of French beaches, with an additional 100 French officers soon to be on patrol, while UK police officers will also be able to observe patrols within France. 

This is all well and good, but fails to address the underlying question: Why has the number of undocumented migrants crossing the Channel more than quadrupled since 2020? The Institute for Public Policy Research put this down to “a combination of increased securitisation among other routes, the UK’s withdrawal from the Dublin Regulation, and a ‘snowball effect’”. Others argue it is simply that civilians are more desperate than ever to escape the impact on their lives of war, economics and political decisions that remain out of their control. 

Despite differing points of view, the incremental figures recorded over the last few years remain stark. Asylum applications have now reached almost 150,000. Of those entering the UK by small boat in the last year, 98% are still awaiting a decision, and 83% of all asylum applications since 2018 are still awaiting a decision. Housing refugees in hotels is estimated to cost the UK economy £7 million per day - which given the current economic climate, is simply unsustainable. 

Would the idea of providing safe and legal routes across the Channel – thus removing the need for anyone to get in a small boat in the first place, and putting the people-smugglers out of business – provide a more humane, manageable, security-centric solution? Could this approach increase co- operation between Counter Terrorism Policing, the NCA and the UK Border Control agency and enable the authorities to identify any people who are being trafficked, used as drug mules, on a terrorist watch list, or any returning foreign fighters? 

If so, would this tighten up our maritime border security, or would it fuel the flames of nationalism in the extreme right-wing brigade, prompting more attacks on refugee centres, as we saw recently with the Manston processing centre in Kent? 

The system is broken – but how to fix it? Join us to hear from our esteemed panel of experts as we look to answer these pressing questions, and more.

So, why should YOU attend?

  • To get the inside track from industry experts.  

  • Have your questions answered and to learn the current thinking.  

  • To gain a better understanding of Maritime Security and the issues of immigration 

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