Immigration lawyer claims Britain doesn't take in enough refugees in heated debate with Nigel Farage

Ivon Sampson wants Britain to take in more people from Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan


An immigration lawyer believes Britain doesn’t take in enough refugees in a heated debate with Nigel Farage on GB News.

The Government confirmed a new asylum partnership with Rwanda on Thursday, meaning immigrants will be sent to the African nation for processing.

But Ivon Sampson doesn’t think the UK is doing enough to welcome refugees into the country.

Mr Sampson told Nigel Farage on GB News: "We don’t take enough refugees, we’ve been here before.”

His comments seemed to outrage Mr Farage, who hit back by saying: “We’ve just taken 100,000 from Hong Kong, 15,000 from Afghanistan, goodness knows how many in the end from Ukraine and you want us to take more?”

Immigration lawyer Ivon Sampson
Immigration lawyer Ivon Sampson
Mr Sampson's comments provoked a reaction from Nigel Farage
Mr Sampson's comments provoked a reaction from Nigel Farage

Mr Sampson replied: “No I want us to take our fair share of people like people fleeing from Yemen and Syria and Afghanistan who don’t come within the Government schemes.

“The biggest pool factor is I’ve got a brother in the UK, I’ve got a mother. I’ve got experience of it over 25 years.

“Because we’ve taken a lot of refugees before over the last 25 years, they’ve got members who are going to join them.”

The former Brexit Party leader then asked Mr Sampson whether he was “one of these leftie lawyer open boarders type that Boris Johnson spoke about earlier”

But the immigration lawyer said: “Actually you couldn’t be the furthest from the truth because I’m a paid up Conservative member.”

Since the start of 2022, 4,617 people had reached the UK after navigating busy shipping lanes from France in small boats as of Tuesday, according to data obtained from the Home Office.

It is understood that a further 600 arrived on Wednesday with hundreds more on Thursday.

The previous highest daily total for this year was recorded on March 15 when 405 people made the crossing in 12 boats, analysis shows.