An Afghan ‘migrant’ who boasted about illegally crossing the Channel in a dinghy then posted grinning pictures of himself from Britain is a TikTok ‘influencer’ who wears flashy garments and works in a well-liked French ski resort city, MailOn-line can solely reveal.
DG Usama, who’s initially from the Afghan capital Kabul, posted a sequence of clips to the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform this week which present him driving a small boat stuffed with migrants earlier than being rescued by an RNLI lifeboat and introduced ashore to Dover.
A brief video posted within the early hours of this morning then reveals Usama posing for a photograph subsequent to a street within the UK as music performs excessive.
MailOn-line can now reveal that Usama lives in Lyon in France and works as a store assistant in close by Annecy, which is simply 22 miles from Geneva in Switzerland and whose picturesque mountainside location has earned it the nickname ‘the Pearl of the French Alps’.
Facebook pictures from final winter present Usama posing on Lake Annecy, France’s third-biggest lake and one of many world’s main areas for paragliding, with folded arms whereas carrying a shawl, flashy denims and a jacket, and £100 Apple Airpod headphones.
As early as November final 12 months, the Afghan ‘migrant’ was posting movies to his TikTok account from Annecy, together with scenes from Lake Annecy as he poses with buddies, his disbelief at watching blizzard, and quick clips of different folks snowboarding.
It seems that he launched into his journey to Britain someday in March and arrived in Paris in the course of the month. Short clips to TikTok present Usama posing in entrance of the Eiffel Tower. He then seems to have made his method north to Calais, the place he posted movies as he visited the key French port metropolis and sat round a campfire with different folks.
DG Usama is pictured posing for a selfie TikTok video from a ship filled with migrants crossing the Channel
Usama is pictured posing for a photograph subsequent to a street within the UK, in a brief video posted to TikTok on April 21, 2022
Usama is pictured with folded arms posing for a photograph whereas carrying flashy garments and headphones in France in January
Usama lives in Lyon and works in Annecy. He seems to have left Lyon and gone to Paris in mid-March, earlier than travelling to Calais in northern France after which crossing the Channel by way of dingy this week to Britain
Usama is pictured carrying a flashy jacket and holding a Rubix Cube at a enjoyable honest in France in November 2021
Usama is pictured posing on Lake Annecy whereas carrying Airpod headphones in January 2022
Usama works in Annecy, which has been dubbed ‘the Pearl of the French Alps’ as a consequence of its picturesque location
Videos posted 5 days in the past present Usama smiling as he sails throughout the Channel in a dinghy, earlier than the small boat is intercepted by UK officers.
A brief clip reveals the migrants getting onboard the RNLI lifeboat, which may have taken them to Dover Marina in Kent. A brand new clip from at present reveals Usama posing for a photograph within the street within the UK. MailOn-line has contacted Usama for remark.
It comes as the UK’s former Border Force chief tells the Mail that he believes extra than 100,000 Channel migrants will attain Britain this 12 months.
Backing the Government’s asylum cope with Rwanda, former director common of UK Border Force Tony Smith stated: ‘There comes a degree the place we have to get a grip of our border and cease the boats.
‘The numbers are going up, a fourfold enhance already this 12 months – 28,500 final 12 months,’ Mr Smith informed the Mail at an immigration occasion by think-tank Policy Exchange. ‘That’s going to be over 100,000 this 12 months simply by migrant boats alone.’
Mr Smith’s prediction could be almost 12 occasions the extent seen in 2020, 54 occasions that of 2019 and greater than 300 occasions that in 2018. So far this 12 months 6,693 migrants have reached the UK throughout the Channel – 4 occasions that seen by the identical level final 12 months.
There have been 651 arrivals final Wednesday, a degree not seen final 12 months till the calm summer season months. In January, it emerged that the Home Office had produced official papers warning that 65,000 migrants might cross this 12 months. The variety of crossings has since outstripped this.
Mr Smith praised the Rwanda scheme, which is able to see asylum seekers despatched 4,000 miles to assert refugee standing from the East African nation.
He stated: ‘I believe it is a daring try by the federal government to cease the boats. We must cease the boats – persons are drowning and persons are going to drown.
Usama is pictured posing for a photograph in France in February 2022
Usama’s account posted two movies, with one showing to indicate an RNLI lifeboat arriving to rescue them
One of the movies, which was shared on TikTok 4 days in the past and captioned ‘I’m in UK’, reveals Usama filming himself amongst dozens of younger males whereas they’re on board a dinghy
‘The drawback the federal government has is the French will not settle for folks again, nor will the EU, so the migrants know that just by paying £5,000 and getting in a small boat, moving into the English territorial waters, they’re basically within the UK.
‘So the Government is correct to take a look at options. We want to seek out international locations which can be ready to take folks.
‘If Rwanda is a secure nation, which is providing them safety and a brand new life, if it means they do not have to return to the nation they concern persecution from, then that is a substitute for having increasingly more folks coming throughout the Channel and drowning.’
Another former high borders officer stated the Rwanda settlement will quick circuit the ‘basic’ asylum declare the place somebody claims to be dealing with non secular persecution.
Glyn Williams, the previous director common of the Home Office’s migration and borders group, stated: ‘The basic declare in the meanwhile is ‘I’m a Christian however I can not pursue my Christian faith in Iran or Iraq’.
‘If Rwanda is, and I consider it’s, a secure nation, the place somebody who’s claiming they suffered discrimination, you may pursue it in Rwanda.
‘You will probably be given secure haven there. What’s improper with that?’
A complete of 28,526 migrants crossed the Channel in 2021 – considerably larger than the 8,410 who arrived in 2020.
Minister for Justice and Tackling Illegal Migration, Tom Pursglove MP, has stated: ‘The rise in harmful Channel crossings is unacceptable.
‘Not solely are they an overt abuse of our immigration legal guidelines however additionally they influence on the UK taxpayer, danger lives and our capability to assist refugees come to the UK by way of secure and authorized routes.
‘Rightly, the British public has had sufficient.
‘Through our Nationality and Borders Bill, we’re cracking down on folks smugglers and fixing the damaged system by making it a prison offence to knowingly arrive within the UK illegally and introducing a most sentence of life imprisonment for individuals who facilitate unlawful entry into our nation.’