Agreement with France on Channel crossings

Today, the Home Secretary will sign a deal with France to tackle migrant crossings, securing our borders and cracking down on human traffickers.

  • The humanitarian crisis caused by human traffickers operating in the Channel is endangering lives and we must do more work with our partners to bring it to an end. 
  • Co-operation with France, is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for any workable solution to this problem.
  • Previous agreements with France have not achieved everything we wanted but it is necessary for both sides to be grown up about this: illegal cross-channel migration is a problem for both countries which we are unlikely to solve or even contain without co-operation from the authorities on both sides of the channel. 
  • That is why the UK government is strengthening our agreement with France to tackle crossings by increasing the number of officers patrolling the French coast to over 300 so attempted crossings can be stopped early before they leave France.
  • Ending dangerous and illegal migrant crossings will save lives, reduce the pressure on our immigration system and cut costs for local authorities that are housing migrants.


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