UK Immigration Minister said on Tuesday Britain and France had agreed to a plan to stem the wave of illegal immigration that has seen hundreds of migrants cross the English Strait into the UK this month.
Immigration Minister Chris Philp said the UK and France had “reaffirmed our unshakable joint commitment” to make sure the route was “flightless”.
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“It is facilitated by ruthless criminal gangs, it is life-threatening and it’s completely unnecessary,” he told Sky News after meeting with French officials in Paris.
“We have been working on a joint work plan, a revised and new operational plan, with the goal of cutting this route completely and we will work at a rapid rate in the coming days to turn that plan came to fruition, ”he said.
At least 235 migrants on 17 boats docked or were picked up by British Coast Guard and Coast Guard boats on Thursday, surpassing last week’s peak of 202 people in one day.
Philp said more than 1,000 migrants were detained by the French government this year, but the figure still surpassed as “unacceptable” for both governments. He noted that European Union laws such as the Dublin Statute, make it more difficult for the UK to return migrants, and that the UK will not have that in 2021 when the country is completely out of the bloc. .
Philp’s remarks came after Interior Minister Priti Patel described the flow as “awful and unacceptably high.” But Patel warns that the issue is “complicated” and faces “serious legislative, legal and operational barriers”.
The countries have made several agreements over the years to block flow into Britain, primarily through the English Channel or through the Dover-Calais port of entry, with migrants traveling on trucks or trains.
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Last month, Patel and French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin agreed to set up a joint intelligence unit to stop smuggling gangs that are helping migrants on their way into the UK.
The British Daily Telegraph reported that French authorities prevented the ships but if migrants threatened to jump into the water, they would withdraw because it prioritized saving their lives. They then concealed the migrants to make sure they arrived safely in the UK.
Associated Press contributed to this report.