UK, France sign new deal to stop illegal migration across Channel

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The United Kingdom and France on Saturday signed a deal to try to stop illegal migration across the Channel, a dangerous route used by migrants to reach the UK on small boats. Under the agreement, the number of officers patrolling French beaches would double, and new equipment including drones and radar would be employed. She added that the UK is planning to introduce a new asylum system through legislation soon. Migrants from Syria and other countries are continuing to arrive along the coast of the UK in their quest for asylum. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>UK, France sign new deal to stop illegal migration across Channel

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08612519 A Border Force vessel brings in migrants found off the coast of Dover in Dover, Kent, Britain, 19 August 2020. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

A Border Force vessel brings in migrants found off the coast of Dover in Dover, Kent, Britain, 19 August 2020. Migrants from Syria and other countries are continuing to arrive along the coast of the UK in their quest for asylum. Patel said that in 2020, French authorities had stopped 5,000 migrants from travelling to the UK. “Thanks to more police patrols on French beaches and enhanced intelligence sharing between our security and law enforcement agencies, we are already seeing fewer migrants leaving French beaches”, UK interior minister Priti Patel said. Patel also said that over the last ten years, the UK had given France 150 million pounds to tackle immigration. This year, hundreds of people have crossed to southern England from camps in northern France, and many migrants have drowned. Britain and France are continuing ongoing talks to try to resolve the migrant crisis in the English Channel. Britain and France are continuing ongoing talks to try to resolve the migrant crisis in the English Channel.