A migrant mother has told how she and her two young children nearly drowned trying to reach the UK by boat – but she is still planning another perilous crossing.
Of course she is. Because she's an 'asylum seeker', you see.
Wait, I thought she was a 'migrant'..? Can't you professional journalists get your labels straight?
Joan, 32, revealed that she and her son Zanyar, ten, and daughter Sidra, nine, were among 33 would-be asylum-seekers who nearly died last week when their ramshackle vessel capsized at night after seven hours at sea.
After they were rescued, French authorities put them up in a hotel for three days, before returning them to a squalid camp in Dunkirk where they are planning their next attempt.
And why? Why does this woman want to flee the safety of France?
For her part, Joan – widowed when her husband was shot dead in 2014 while serving with Kurdish forces against Islamic State fighters – said she had spent around a year travelling to France and that she had no choice but to attempt to reach Britain again.
While she previously led a comfortable life, she claimed her father-in-law took away the family home and car following her husband's death. Joan said she worked for two years as a cleaner and, with the help of her brother, who sent money to her from the UK, she managed to buy her own house – only for her father-in-law to return and take away her son, too. When she managed to get Zanyar back, she decided that she had no option but to leave.
She managed to get as far as Serbia, where people smugglers arranged for her to travel in a van to Italy. She and her children then went to France after being hidden in a container and arrived in an unknown city where she was given a train ticket to Dunkirk.
She's not an asylum-seeker at all. She was safe in Serbia. She was safe in Italy. She's safe in France.
But she wants to come here because she has family here. Well, then, apply to settle here like everyone else! Or is it because you know you don't qualify?
Calling this woman an 'asylum seeker' is like calling a burglar a 'visitor'.