TERROR WARNING: EU's open-door border policy 'putting UK at RISK of ISIS ATTACK'
THE European Union's (EU) open door policy is putting the UK at risk of an attack from the evil Islamic State (ISIS), a Ukip MEP warned today.Britain faces a fresh migrant wave as record numbers strive to start a new life here.
The border alert comes after officials revealed asylum claims in Europe had reached record levels.
The scale of the crisis is laid bare in figures showing 648,195 claims were lodged in the first eight months of the year.It is 20,000 more than was recorded across the 28 member states last year, 626,960, and almost three times higher than in 2008.
Last month alone nearly 110,000 asylum seekers and dependants applied to stay, suggesting refugees were arriving at a rate of more than 3,500 a day.
The number of claims was double those recorded in August last year, despite only nine countries providing figures.Critics of Europe’s open-door policy say the immigration crisis engulfing the continent will lead to a sharp rise in asylum applications here.
The chaos has seen the numbers inside the “Jungle” camp in Calais, northern France, rocket as migrants gather before trying to illegally enter the UK.
Ukip MEP Mike Hookem said disturbing statistics released yesterday were a “clear illustration our security is jeopardised”.
He added: “The EU’s bleeding-heart policy of opening the door to anyone who says they are fleeing war has already caused divisions within communities and has provided Islamic State with an opportunity to infiltrate our country.“We have been told there is a serious plot by Islamic terrorists foiled once a fortnight yet our government won’t take the tough action needed to control who is coming into this country.
“Instead, along the French coast we still have criminal gangs making a fortune smuggling illegal migrants into this country, controlling the camps with guns and knives and turning Europe into a gangland turf war.”
Hungary and Germany received the lion’s share last month, taking 47,095 and 36,415 respectively, figures from EU data body Eurostsat showed. Britain has not yet submitted figures for August.
Last week the Daily Express revealed the number of asylum claims in the UK was at its highest monthly level for more than six years.Claims covering a total of 4,305 refugees and their families were lodged in Britain in July. The figures suggest the sharp rise in applications is directly linked to the crisis.
It is the highest figure for any single month since comparable records started in January 2009 and marks a 120 per cent increase on the number trying to seek refuge here in April.
The only other time a monthly total has broken through the 4,000 person barrier was in March 2009, with 4,020.
The figures also suggest migrants flooding into Europe through Hungary, Italy and Greece are making it across the continent - and the Channel - before lodging claims here.
In Calais, migrants are arriving at a rate of 150 a day. The population of the ramshackle squat could reach 10,000 by the end of the year, experts say.An explosion in smuggling rackets has seen mafia-style gangs thriving in the lawless community, charging between £300-£8,000 for “package deals” promising safe passage to the UK.
The situation is so dire Home Secretary Theresa Mrs May last month pledged £7m to tackle a crisis that is the result of a “migratory phenomenon without precedent”.
It brings the British commitment to solving the chaos in Calais to almost £20m.
Ukip migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: “Record asylum numbers in Europe means likely record levels of mess for Britain’s asylum system which is already at breaking point.
“This, together with the fact in only a few years time those granted asylum in the EU will have residency rights here, means levels of claims on the continent will undoubtedly create migration issues for the UK under the free movement of people principles.
“As the EU Commission and German Chancellor Angela Merkel continue to mishandle the great EU migration of 2015, the reasons for Britain leaving and controlling her own borders become ever more compelling.”
Britain has faced calls to take more refugees as Europe struggles to cope with the largest mass movement of people since the Second World War.
The first refugees to be accepted under the expanded resettlement programme arrived here last week, while the UK has pledged an extra £115m in aid.
But the UK has refused to take part in a scheme to relocate 160,000 migrants from Greece and Italy.
The Home Office said: “The UK has a long and proud history of offering sanctuary to those who genuinely need it and each claim is carefully considered on its individual merits.
“Where people establish a genuine need for protection, or a well founded fear of persecution, refuge will be granted.” express