“Hey @PritiPatel we think the real crisis is our humanity’s lack of people surviving war, climate change and torture,” Ben & Jerry posted in the UK on his official Twitter account late Tuesday. “People would not make dangerous journeys if they had no other choice. The UK has not relocated any refugees since March, but wars and violence continue,” she added.
“People can not be illegal … Let us remember that we are all human and have the same rights to life, regardless of the country in which we were born.”
The company reminded Patel that under the UN Refugee Convention, a UN multilateral treaty, illegal entry of refugees does not affect their right to asylum.
While asylum seekers must apply for asylum in the EU country they first enter, their applications can be transferred to another Member State if they have relatives or dependents there, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Laura Padoan, told CNN Business. The UK is still treated as an EU country until the end of 2020.
Patel has not responded to the tweet, but others within her ruling Conservative Party seem to have eased the challenge.
A Home Office spokesman directed CNN Business to Immigration Minister Chris Philp’s Twitter account, where he defended Britain’s access.
“They are fleeing France, which is safe, civilized and has a good asylum system. Last year the UK made 20,000 asylum grants. We are the only G7 country that meets the 0.7% aid target and “We have run the largest refugee resettlement scheme in Europe over the last 5 years. Climb into the ice cream,” said Philps.
The UK has received significantly fewer asylum seekers than its European neighbors. Britain received nearly 44,300 asylum applications for the first time in 2019, according to EU data. Spain, France, Germany and Greece each received between 75,000 and 142,000 applications last year.
Amnesty International said on Sunday that the UK government ‘s decision to deploy Royal Navy boats to prevent people exercising their right to seek asylum would be “illegal, reckless and dangerous”.
“It is perfectly legal for people to seek asylum in this country – although relatively few people do – and unfortunately, for some, these dangerous journeys are the only means available,” said Steve Valdez-Symonds, director of refugees. and the Amnesty International UK’s migrant rights program, said in a statement.
“The only people who benefit from the growing determination of the UK government for shirk responsibility are smugglers and thieves,” he added.
The UK has repatriated 18,225 Syrian refugees through official channels since 2014, according to Amnesty International, which describes this as “a small small portion of the nearly 4 million Syrians in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan”. Worldwide, about 84% of all refugees live in developing regions, according to the UNHCR.
“We are a wholly owned subsidiary [of Unilever], but we still act on Ben & Jerry’s mission, vision and values, “a spokesman told CNN Business in June.