US News London expresses concern over the influx of migrant boats from France

17:05  08 august  2020
17:05  08 august  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Britain is concerned about the "unacceptable" rise in the number of small boats crossing the Channel from France and will act to return "illegal" migrants, said on Friday evening Chris Philp, a member of the government responsible for the immigration.

Chris Philp, in charge of immigration within the British government, expressed Friday, August 7th of the concern of Great Britain face the "unacceptable" increase in the number of small boats crossing the Channel from France. In a column published by the newspaper The Telegraph , he also explains that his country will act to return "illegal" migrants.

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MIGRANTS crossing the Channel by boat will be sent straight back to France rather than being allowed to seek asylum in Britain, the Home Secretary has warned. Channel migrants will be sent BACK to France with no UK asylum Javid warns.

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Chris Philp writes that he will travel to Paris next week to discuss the issue and that London expects France to prevent migrants from taking to sea.

Britain must also "intercept" migrants who leave France and "send back" those who arrive on British shores, he adds. "The French must ensure that migrants caught trying to reach the UK by boat cannot reoffend," said the member of the British government.

"The French authorities are fully mobilized"

For its part, the newspaper The Times reported that members of the British government who are calling for stricter measures on the part of Paris are considering blocking the migrant boats before they these do not reach British waters.

According to the BBC, nearly 4,000 people have crossed the Channel this year, aboard more than 300 small boats.

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Asked by Reuters, the French Ministry of the Interior said to note an increase in the attempts of crossings due in particular of "favorable weather conditions". "The French authorities are fully mobilized to prevent these departures," he wrote in an email.

"Three sheltering operations have been carried out over the past three weeks, involving more than a thousand migrants. (...) Rescue operations at sea are also carried out daily to rescue the men. , women and children who attempt this crossing at the risk of their lives, "he adds.

Reacting to requests for amplification of measures formulated by London, the Home Office declares that "from January to July 2020, the crossings prevented and the arrests of migrants have multiplied by more than 5, compared to the same period in 2019 ".

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