Search

RAMFEL speaks out in support of Tilbury dock migrants and emergency authorities

11:53 19 August 2014

A crane along the quay side at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

A crane along the quay side at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A leading support group for migrants’ rights has praised emergency authorities for prioritising the health of the 35 Tilbury container stowaways.

A police car arrives at the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where a shipping container was found with illegal immigrants inside with one dead and the rest ill and taken to hospital.A police car arrives at the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where a shipping container was found with illegal immigrants inside with one dead and the rest ill and taken to hospital.

Last weekend, men, women and 15 children aged as young as one, believed to be Afghan Sikhs, were rescued from a commercial container at Tilbury docks in Essex.

One man, believed to be 40, lost his life on the journey but a post mortem has proved inconclusive in trying to discover exactly how he died.

Rita Chadha, of Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London, is a vocal supporter for migrants in this country.

The forum, in High Road, Ilford, was set up in 1992 to assist asylum seekers in this country.

Ms Chadha, RAMFEL’s chief executive, said: “The authorities have prioritised the health concerns of the migrants.

“It is less common for migrants to come in this way [via a container] but I have not heard of a group that big - that is pretty shocking.”

The group are now claiming asylum in England.

Ms Chadha added: “These people are claiming asylum because they are in fear of their homeland.

“These individuals may not have known the UK was their intended destination.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

The Lodge care home in Goodmayes. Picture: Google Street View

A carer who failed to call an ambulance when she found a vulnerable woman drowning in the bath has been jailed for four-and-a-half months.

17:13
Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Queen’s and King George hospitals

The trust running King George Hospital has insisted a timeline for downgrading the A&E has not yet been drawn up.

16:13
Ian Hislop talks to students about his education and career at the Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford

Pupils at the Isaac Newton Academy received the entertaining visit of the satirist and comedian Ian Hislop.

Redbridge College students praised along with staff for achieving a good Ofsted report

Redbridge College staff are delighted following a glowing Ofsted report that rated key areas of teaching and leadership as “good”.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe