Child refugee deaths highlight malevolent Cameron’s ‘migration for benefits’ lie

The asylum seekers had set out from Turkey, hoping to reach the Greek island of Lesbos [Image: AFP].

People are dying in a bid to escape violence in their own countries – while David Cameron implies they are nothing more than benefit tourists.

His refusal to welcome asylum seekers – that’s what they are, not refugees, certainly not migrants, and we can all thank a Vox Political reader for pointing it out – who have travelled to Calais in their bid to get as far from the violence in their own country as possible indicates that he wants to include them in his narrative that people are coming to the UK to benefit from our “generous” benefit system.

There is a very easy way to expose this lie: How many of you know anything about the benefit system in any other country in the world – particularly places you have never visited?

Secondly, how many of you seriously consider the UK’s benefit system to be “generous”, taking into account the enormous obstacles that are set before anybody who wants to claim them?

Cameron’s comments are no more than deliberate, malevolent lies.

People are not coming to the UK because they want a chance to steal our benefits away. As our commenter said, they are simply “seeking refuge, safety and security because their home that they love has become far to dangerous for them to … exist in anymore.”

Put simply, they are coming here because they want to survive.

Tragically, many are dying in the attempt – while David Cameron uses them to score political points.

At least 39 migrants, including several children, have drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, coastguards say.

More than 60 have been rescued from the sea near the Turkish resort of Ayvacik.

Local officials say they expect the death toll to rise when the capsized boat is searched.

Thousands of refugees and migrants continue to make the dangerous sea journey from Turkey to Greece to seek asylum in northern Europe.

Source: Migrant crisis: Dozens drown off Turkey as boat capsizes – BBC News

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7 thoughts on “Child refugee deaths highlight malevolent Cameron’s ‘migration for benefits’ lie

  1. amnesiaclinic

    They wouldn’t have to leave the dangerous places that their homes have become if we hadn’t colluded with the US in bombing and destablising them in the first place. Look at what is happening in Yemen with the Saudis using British arms,bombs and military advice. Hospitals, schools and civilians being bombed by the country funding ISIS…

  2. Christine Bergin

    Are there any figures to say how many MPs come from immigrant backgrounds?
    My mother’s family arrived with William The Conquerer and has since acquired Scots, French and Russian connections.
    My father’s family were Welsh hill farmers. So I consider myself Heinz 57. Dont know if there’s any English in the mix. OOps – I forgot the Cornish connection.
    What is English anyway?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Has something to do with a tribe called the Angles. I think they were from continental Europe. ?

  3. Joan Edington

    “A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants”.

    This pathetic footnote to the article by the BBC is just to cover their backs in the case of complaints that they should rightly receive on their terminology. How many people actually read down to the small print. Most will have read it, seeing the same use of the word “migrants” as that of their Tory masters.

    It really is disgusting. A migrant is generally one who is moving, seeking work. Using the BBC’s tack, why can’t they call them asylum-seekers until a CV is produced or an interview arranged before calling them migrants?

    The BBC is now on the same level as the Daily Mail.

  4. Terry Davies

    we know that Cameron cant be believed and he is lying each time he makes a statement regarding migrants.

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