Ruvi Ziegler in response to Clare Foges of The Times

Clare Foges of The Times posted this article:”Illegal migrants must be sent a clear message

Ruvi Ziegler had this response:

Sir, Given Clare Foges’ concerns about those contemplating entering Britain illegally, perhaps she can advise: which visa should a gay Iranian facing the death penalty, a young Eritrean subject to an indefinite military service under conditions of servitude, or a Pakistani Christian couple penalised for blasphemy apply for in order to enter Britain legally and claim asylum? Illegal entry is a feature, not a bug, of a system which lacks safe and legal routes to protection for those facing persecution. This, rather than an “elastic” refugee definition, is where reform is needed.

Dr Ruvi Ziegler
Associate Professor in international refugee law, University of Reading

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