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Robert Buckland: ‘Let asylum seekers work – and pay tax’

Former justice secretary Robert Buckland on the asylum crisis

5 November 2022

9:00 AM

5 November 2022

9:00 AM

When the small boats crisis began, it was seen by some in government as a positive sign. ‘It was an emblem of success,’ says Robert Buckland, who was solicitor general at the time. ‘If you remember, the previous mode of entry for migrants was on lorries.’ Heat scanners had been introduced at the Channel Tunnel in 2015, which meant more stowaways were being caught.

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