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UK concerned by rise in small boats crossing from France, immigration official says

 

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FILE PHOTO: Border Force crews of British Coastal Patrol vessels position their craft in Ramsgate harbour, Britain, January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File photo

 

(Reuters) - The United Kingdom is concerned by an "unacceptable" rise in the number of small boats crossing the English Channel from France and would act to return "illegal" migrants, immigration compliance minister Chris Philp said in an opinion piece for The Telegraph newspaper https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/08/07/intend-return-many-illegal-migrants-have-arrived-possible.

 

Philp said he was going to Paris next week to discuss the issue. The UK would urge France to stop migrants from getting into boats and would also "need to intercept" those who do leave France and "return those who make it to our shores," Philp wrote.

 

A rising number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel from France have led to ministers demanding tougher actions from the French government.

 

"The French must ensure that migrants who are caught attempting to reach the UK by boat cannot do so again," Philp wrote.

 

Separately, The Times newspaper reported that UK ministers are considering blocking migrant boats in the English Channel before they can enter UK waters, modelled on tactics used by Australia against migrants, which could involve the Royal Navy and Border Force intercepting vessels as they leave French waters.

 

Almost 4,000 people have crossed the English Channel this year in more than 300 small boats, according to a BBC report.

 

Most migrants include families from countries such as Yemen, Egypt, Sudan and Iraq, among others, fleeing their homes in search of better jobs and living conditions.

 

Another Cabinet member in the Conservative government, finance Minister Rishi Sunak, said on Friday that people were "right to be frustrated" over migrant crossings and that the government was committed to reducing them.

 

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler and Grant McCool)

 

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1 minute ago, Orton Rd said:

Launched an initiative to deport, where is the report on the numbers actually deported? out of about 4k this year on this one method of arriving illegally, never mind the lorries, camper vans and sneaking in via Ireland 

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42 minutes ago, johnray said:

Kept out the Germans for two world wars.  Can't keep control of a small white boat.

Not that the Germans ever wanted in. When did the UK begin their relentless immigration policies?

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41 minutes ago, Orton Rd said:

concerned but not enough to do anything about it, apart from giving them 40 quid a week, putting them up in 4 star hotels and providing free meals, wi fi and medical services. Hardy a way to discourage thousands more is it? Nigel Farage even proves a party of these illegal immigrants were given a tour of Liverpool FC, total insanity.

It's almost as if the wool is being pulled over your eyes.

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