"For the UK to reclassify all migrants as ‘refugees’ would be as big a mistake as Mrs Merkel's summer declaration that Germany is open to all refugees. The cost in one year alone in giving all migrant arrivals asylum status would bankrupt Britain. In fact, this is one reason why the UK government is legally obliged to deport any non-EU economic migrant who enters this country illegally.
"This Lord’s report joins, Juncker’s EU Commission in its confusion over what constitutes a ‘refugee’ when really there shouldn’t be. If a person either enters the EU from a country where their life is not threatened or leaves their home country where this is also the case, then they are an ‘economic migrant’ not a ‘refugee’. Most migrants coming from Turkey are not refugees since that Muslim country is not threatening their lives or forcing them to cross by boats to the Greek Islands. It is a 'safe country'. Many African migrants coming across the Mediterranean are also economic migrants since they come from poor but relatively safe home countries like Nigeria.
"Significant, targeted financial help should be given by the EU and the international community to Turkey, Jordan and other states where camps for genuine refugees from wars are housed. EU states should then take refugees into their countries in a controlled way from these camps. The UK is doing both of these things. Other EU states should too."
A copy of The Lord's report can be found here