Media attention on migrants attempting to cross the Channel to reach the UK from France has ramped up in recent weeks, with the government and right-wing figures questioning why they are coming to the UK from ‘safe’ France, eagerly portraying them as a threat. Zoe Gardner, Policy Adviser at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) explains the multiple reasons that migrants are willing to make the treacherous trip to the UK and how the UK should offer safer, legal pathways for migrants.

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