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US NewsPriti Patel gives the Home Office 72 hours to solve the migration crisis as she demands action after 1,451 people tried to cross the Channel this year

05:40  27 august  2019
05:40  27 august  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Priti Patel gives the Home Office 72 hours to solve the migration crisis as she demands action after 1,451 people tried to cross the Channel this year © PA Wire/PA Images Home Secretary Priti Patel during a visit to the Port of Dover for a meeting with port officials about the work they are doing to ensure the UK's smooth exit from the European Union. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images) Priti Patel last night gave the Home Office 72 hours to come up with an emergency plan to tackle the migrant crisis in the Channel.

The Home Secretary held urgent talks on the phone with her French counterpart, the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

Their discussion came ahead of a bilateral meeting in Paris on Thursday and as migrants continued to make the crossing from France.

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Following the talks, Miss Patel told officials to get a plan with specific practical options for 'immediate implementation' prior to the meeting.

Sources close to Miss Patel said: ‘The focus will be on practical support to assist French patrols to deter migrants from embarking upon these perilous crossings organised by criminal gangs.’

Priti Patel gives the Home Office 72 hours to solve the migration crisis as she demands action after 1,451 people tried to cross the Channel this year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Patel, pictured above, is  reportedly considering sending more boats to patrol the channel and additional technological efforts to detect migrants Options include sending more border force officials to France, ramping up technological efforts to detect migrants or sending more boats to patrol the Channel.

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Yesterday the border force was deployed to deal with two small boat incidents off the Kent coast. According to Sky News, more than 20 migrants were rescued.

Meanwhile the Brussels Times reported that 2019 had seen more than twice the number of migrants attempt to cross the Channel than in the whole of 2018.

Referring to a report by the Maritime Prefecture, the French authority for safety at sea, over the whole of 2018, 586 migrants tried to cross in 78 attempts. Since 1 January there have been 156 attempts, with 1,451 migrants intercepted, according to the report drawn up on Friday.

Priti Patel gives the Home Office 72 hours to solve the migration crisis as she demands action after 1,451 people tried to cross the Channel this year © Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto Flags of the UK as seen near Westminster in London, England, UK on August 1, 2019. Union Jack or Union Flag or Royal Union Flag is the national flag of the United Kingdom since 1801 and Great Britain. The design is the Cross of Saint Andrew counterchanged with the Cross of Saint Patrick, over all the Cross of Saint George. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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They cited high boat and ship traffic on the route, strong currents, cold water and zero visibility at night.

The UK has already sent officers from Immigration Enforcement and the National Crime Agency to a centre in Calais to tackle criminality at the border.

France has ramped up its foot patrols across beaches and coastal areas and the UK deployed border force cutters to patrol the sea. Britain also gave millions of pounds of funding for equipment to tackle illegal immigration such as CCTV, night goggles and number plate recognition technology.

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But despite the measures, the number of people attempting to make the crossing has not decreased at all.

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Earlier this month a woman missing from a small boat was feared to be the first migrant to have died while trying to cross the Channel.

Coastguards called off the search 24 hours after it was first reported that she had fallen out of a dinghy with two others 20 miles off Ramsgate.

Since January the Home Office has returned more than 65 people who arrived illegally in small boats to Europe.

Priti Patel gives the Home Office 72 hours to solve the migration crisis as she demands action after 1,451 people tried to cross the Channel this year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Above is a scene of the Dover Border Force stopping a small dinghy carrying migrants across the English channel. The crossing itself can be perilous with strong currents and freezing temperatures. Crossings are organised by criminal gangs who 'do not care about loss of life'

The Home Office said: ‘Crossing the Channel in a small boat is a huge risk. The criminal gangs who perpetuate this are ruthless and do not care about loss of life.

‘We have Border Force cutters patrolling the Channel and equipment including drones, CCTV and night vision goggles in use to identify and tackle this dangerous and illegal activity.

‘The Home Secretary is in discussions with the French authorities about this and we continue to work closely at all levels with France.’

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