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Don’t come to England – there’s nothing here, warns Channel migrant

A small boat migrant has warned other asylum seekers not to come to England because “there is nothing here”.

Alaa Eldin, from Syria, said he had been homeless for the past five months and had to sleep rough under a rowing boat on a beach because he was unable to work after his asylum claim was withdrawn.

Mr Eldin, who crossed the Channel in a rubber dinghy more than two years ago, said he was now desperate to leave Britain and head to Germany to find work.

The 25-year-old, who told his story to local reporters after being found on the beach, said he regularly tried to sneak into the back of lorries at the Port of Dover, in Kent, to get back to mainland Europe.

“I want to work and get a job as a plasterer. But I have been here for more than two years and I’ve been out on the street for five months,” he said.

“I don’t have money. I don’t have anything. I’m tired and I want to leave. Because I don’t have a home I have to sleep on the beach and sometimes it’s so cold I have to light a fire.”

Mr Eldin, who fled the Syrian civil war nine years ago, warned other migrants that delays in the asylum system meant the chances of securing the right to remain and working were limited.

“Don’t come here any more – the system is broken. England has come down. It’s not like before. There is nothing here,” he said.