A video of a Syrian migrant has been beamed-up onto the iconic White Cliffs of Dover in an appeal for sympathy from the Brit public.
Hassan Akkad, who now works as a cleaner in an NHS hospital, said he made his journey to the UK five years ago in a Channel crossing was organised by one of the criminal gangs who roam Calais.
In the two-minute clip, projected onto the chalky cliff by anti-Brexit campaign group Led By Donkeys, Hassan speaks out about his experience and calls for compassion.
He says: "Five years ago, I was on the other side of this channel trying to cross here.
"These cliffs were actually visible from our makeshift camp and they represented hope."
Hassan, who escaped the chaos in Syria, added the cliffs were "hope that I would live a safe and stable life here in Britain having fled my war-torn country".
He added: "Similar to those who are arriving recently, I had to put my trust in a people smuggler because a safe and legal option to seek asylum here was and still is unavailable."
An EU directive, Carrier Sanctions Directive 2001/51/EC, means airlines can be fined up €3,000 (£2,700) per passenger if they allow undocumented migrants to travel, liberties.eu reports.
The directive is not supposed to prevent legitimate asylum seekers from traveling on planes to safe destinations but the fear of fines means airlines usually turn them away, the NGO claims.
In the UK, migrants are eligible for asylum if they are at risk of persecution in their own country and have not claimed for asylum in another EU country.
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Fear of persecution can include reasons such as race, religion, nationality, political opinion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Asylum seekers are offered somewhere to live if they need it and £37.75 cash support for each person in the household, the Government says.
It takes around six months for an application for asylum to be reviewed and then accepted or rejected and they are not permitted to work in the meantime.
Hassan continued: "Crossing the sea in a rubber dinghy is terrifying and devastating.
"Devastating because it makes you feel so helpless and insignificant.
“And I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."
There have been many reports of migrant crossings in recent months, like when Border Force intercepted these boats containing 53 people from Syria, Iran and Iraq.
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