Britain has called on France to crack down on migrants crossing the English Channel, but the French government is asking Britain to pay for enforcement assistance, according to the report.
The BBC filmed a group of people departing from a tourist beach in northern France on Saturday morning, with BBC Europe’s Gavin Lee claiming the boat was “overloaded.” He said he saw no sign of French authorities on the beach.
The French government responded that it needed more money from Britain if France stepped up its efforts to better monitor the channel.
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A large number of migrants have landed in the UK in the past days, with a record 235 migrants on Thursday and 135 on Friday, according to the BBC. On Saturday, two boats, each containing a dozen migrants, arrived on the Kent coast, while France reported the return of 33 migrants that same day.
The Kent County Council announced that 400 migrant children were in care this year, including 23 children on Friday alone.
The spike in illegal crossings led British Interior Minister Priti Patel to Twitter and issue a call for France to stop the boats “leaving France in the first place” and intercept them before they arrive. UK.
Patel tweeted: “The number of illegal small boat crossings is awful and unacceptably high. “The numbers are shameful.”
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Minister Nick Gibb told Sky News that the government wanted to make the route “impossible”.
“We are talking to French ministers about stopping people from leaving France in the first place, then looking for other ways to ensure that we will bring the boat back to France when they are trying to make a the crossing is very dangerous, “said Gibb. “France is a safe country, and if people are applying for asylum, they should apply for asylum in France in the first place.”
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Immigration Minister Chris Philp will meet his counterparts from France next week as he seeks to close the route from Calais to the UK, Sky News reported. He also wants captured migrants trying to cross the canal to be fingerprinted and face “real consequences”.