>> The human traffickers told Fardin Ghoulami, a fishing boat would sail him from France to England at midnight. All he found was an unmanned inflatable dingy on the beach. He had to take it across one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, on a winter's night, with five other Iranian asylum-seekers.
At a hostel in Liverpool, he told Reuters he'd paid the traffickers $18,000.>>
> Harsh social conditions have combined with soaring prices and shrinking opportunities. Especially since US President Donald Trump imposed sanctions last year, after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
>> None of them said Brexit was a factor to them. Iranians are leaving the country as a mass migration mainly because of political and economic difficulties that they're facing in recent years, especially after the re-imposition of US sanctions.>> Religious police in the Islamic Republic beat up Babak Hajipour for wearing shorts in the street.
>> Some of them had been arrested by security forces, because of their social and political activities. Some of them were worried that they might get arrested soon. We should be careful not to categorized them as economic migrants. Iranian asylum-seekers are mostly from middle-class background, they have given human traffickers 15,000 euros to reach here.
>> France and the UK have upped their coastal patrols. Last year, more than 21,000 Iranians sort asylum abroad, UN figures show. And despite the peril of the crossing, more seem likely to take the risk.>>