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Britain, France Work Together to Stop English Channel Immigration

Britain, France Work Together to Stop English Channel Immigration”

Mr Johnson has vowed to work with the French authorities to stop the crossings and "make sure that they understand that this isn't a good idea, this is a very bad and stupid and unsafe and criminal thing to do".

Bella Sankey, director of Detention Action, said: 'Any "comprehensive plan" must create a safe and legal route for those who would otherwise risk a Channel crossing, otherwise it is neither comprehensive nor an effective plan.

Warmer weather in recent weeks as seen a surge in illegal crossings of the channel, with Britain reporting more than 600 migrants arriving there in the last two weeks.

"If it takes money to help the French increase their resources and their manpower then that will have to be done", he said. According to media reports at the weekend, the United Kingdom wants France to stop more boats and take them back to port, while French authorities are seeking 30 million pounds ($39 million) to cover costs.

Thursday's total - 235 - broke the record for most migrants intercepted in a day.

He added that the UK's new Clandestine Channel Threat Commander, Dan O'Mahoney, would hold further talks in France next week.

Organised crime groups offer to help the migrants cross the Channel for around 500 pounds ($650), the Sun newspaper reported, adding that some smugglers offer "kids go free" deals.

More than 4,000 people have successfully crossed the Channel from France in small boats so far this year.

French officials have now blamed the UK's "hypocrisy" and "black economy" for increasing the number of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats.

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Several arrivals were spotted being taken onto coaches and taken away for their applications to be processed.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of using inflammatory language after calling migrant boat crossings a "very bad and stupid and unsafe and criminal thing to do".

Officials said that they wanted to build on the joint work already under way, exploring the options for tougher action in France, including stronger enforcement measures, interceptions at sea and the direct return of boats.

Boris Johnson on Monday condemned the activities of the "cruel" criminal gangs who were putting lives at risk, taking people out in potentially unseaworthy vessels.

French maritime authorities routinely save migrants in distress on one of the world's busiest waterways, with 125 migrants rescued over the past week.

Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said it was a "political measure" meant to show ministers were taking action but warned that it "won't change anything".

Health minister Edward Argar told Sky News the prime minister wants "greater flexibility in returning people who have come here illegally, who have been through due process and need to be returned back to France". It has sought to blame criminal gangs for exploiting migrants who turn up in northern France seeking a new life in Europe.

An inflatable dinghy carrying about 20 people was met by a UK Border Force boat on Monday and escorted to the port of Dover.



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