Britain has rescued or intercepted a total of 1,115 migrants trying to cross the English Channel over simply two days, the country’s interior ministry said on Sunday.
Rising numbers of Channel crossings by migrants in small boats have contributed to growing tensions between the UK and France following Britain’s departure from the EU at the start of this year.
Yesterday, British authorities stated they had recovered 491 people in 17 operations and 624 people in 23 operations on Friday, while French authorities prevented 414 migrants from reaching the UK over the equal two days.
Dan O’Mahoney, who heads the Home Office team looking to curb the number of migrants attaining the UK, said the authorities used to be “determined” to tackle what he called the “unacceptable rise in dangerous Channel crossings”.
“Working with police and global partners, there have been almost 300 arrests, 65 convictions related to small boat illegal activity and our focused efforts have prevented more than 13,500 migrant attempts so far this year,” O’Mahoney said.
According to a count by Britain’s domestic news agency PA, more than 17,000 migrants have made the crossing to Britain in small boats because the beginning of the year, extra than double the figure for the entire of 2020.
During a visit yesterday to Loon-Plage in northern France, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin known as for a migration treaty between the EU and the UK.
He additionally asked the British authorities to honour its dedication to pay France £54 million (RM307 million) to finance the reinforcement of French police forces on the coast.
“We are asking the British to hold their promises of financing because we are preserving the border for them,” Darmanin said.
After promising to take again control of the country’s borders following Brexit, Britain’s ruling Conservative party has proposed law to overhaul asylum rules.
It wishes stricter jail terms for people smugglers and, controversially, migrants themselves.