But why on earth should he be claiming asylum in Britain? During his 5,000-mile journey from war-torn Sudan, he passed through a string of countries that could have offered safe haven – including France, his last point of call before the Tunnel. If all he needed was sanctuary, why didn’t he accept their hospitality? The answer of course, is that like hundreds of thousands of other migrants, Mr Haroun wants to settle here because the job prospects and benefits system are among the most attractive in the world. And by allowing him to remain despite having entered illegally, we send a message of encouragement to all migrants. If you can reach Britain – however risky the journey – you’re here to stay."