Philip Hammond's demonisation of 'marauding' migrants is shameful, says Amnesty International

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‘A charity has condemned comments made by Philip Hammond in which he said Britain needed to protect itself from “marauding” migrants”.

Speaking during a visit to Singapore on Sunday, Mr Hammond said African migrants arriving in Europe were undermining its “standard of living”.

He said Britain’s “number one priority” was to find a way to send back would-be asylum seekers to where they came from.

He attacked the freedom of movement laws with the European Union, saying that migrants “only have to set foot in Europe to be pretty confident that they will never be returned to their country of origin” warning that, in Calais, “there are large numbers of pretty desperate migrants marauding around the area”.’

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