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Turning back migrant boats: what does the international law of the sea say?

By Hayley Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Public International Law, Bangor University
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The Home Office has unveiled plans to use “turnback” tactics in the English Channel, with the border force compelling small boats carrying migrants to return to French waters.

The move is the latest in a series of strict immigration policies by Home Secretary Priti Patel, following the introduction of a controversial nationality and borders bill in July that seeks to criminalise arrival in the UK without permission.…

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