The Home Office admitted it is considering the use of nets to stop migrants who try to cross the Channel to seek asylum in the UK.
Dan O’Mahoney, the Home Office’s clandestine channel threat commander, said the nets would prevent small boats from crossing the Channel, bringing them to a standstill. Asked about the Home Office’s decision, he declared that there are several methods:
“which we may deploy over the next few months. But given that we’re not using them yet I’m not at liberty to go into detail about them … We are working with maritime security departments across law enforcement and military, everywhere across government [to] come up with new tactics to tackle this problem”.
The aim is to reduce the number of people seeking asylum in the UK, as the total number of applications received has been rising since the pandemic struck.
O’Mahoney unveiled a four-stage plan to tackle to issue of the rising number of undocumented migrants entering the UK. During his interview with the Telegraph, he added:
“We definitely are very, very close to being able to operationalise a safe return tactic where we make an intervention safely on a migrant vessel, take migrants onboard our vessel and then take them back to France.”
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