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Entertainment Migration crisis in the Channel: Gérald Darmanin pleads for an agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom

02:45  30 november  2021
02:45  30 november  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

Migrants camp overnight at Polish border after tense day

  Migrants camp overnight at Polish border after tense day WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police posted video early Tuesday showing a group of migrants who had camped overnight just on the far side of Poland's eastern border in Belarus. Polish riot police and coils of razor wire faced the migrants and police said the situation overnight was calm. That followed a day of heavy tensions on the border, where a large group of migrants — hundreds if not thousands of people mostly from the Middle East and encouraged by Belarus — sought to push their way into Poland. © Provided by Associated Press Migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere gather at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

Darmanin said cross- Channel migration was “first and foremost an English issue” and Britain must “accept its responsibilities”. “Today, people who want to seek asylum in England have no other means than to cross the Channel . French police say they have broken up 20 smuggling rings organising Channel crossings, almost all organised by Iraqi-Kurds. They say a number of the human traffic ringleaders are based in the UK and Germany and recruit desperate people who are offered a free crossing in return for working for the network.

A plane operated by the EU border agency will be deployed over the Channel to better identify smuggling networks, said a French official. But UK officials were notably absent from the gathering after Wednesday’s sinking -- the deadliest of its kind in the Channel -- prompted a new political crisis between Britain and France. Darmanin uninvited his British counterpart from the Calais meeting after British Prime Minister Boris Johjs released a letter calling on Paris to take back all migrants crossing the Channel .

The Minister of the Interior has also rejected any "questioned" of the Touquet Agreements, dating from 2004, who place the British border French side.

  Crise migratoire dans la Manche : Gérald Darmanin plaide pour un accord entre l'Union européenne et le Royaume-Uni © provided by FranceInfo

will agree. A few days after the tragedy that cost 27 migrants and the day after a meeting in Calais (Pas-de-Calais) with the European ministers, Gérald Darmanin pleaded Monday, November 29 for an agreement between the Union European and the United Kingdom to endigate crossings of the handle by illegal migrants . "This can not be a simple readmission agreement of migrants in the French territory," said the Minister of the Interior.

French police evacuates migrants from makeshift camp

  French police evacuates migrants from makeshift camp GRANDE-SYNTHE, France (AP) — French police on Tuesday have evacuated migrants from a makeshift camp near Dunkirk, in northern France, where at least 1,500 people gathered in hopes of making it across the English Channel to Britain. Migrants, including some families with young children, could be seen packing their few belongings as police were encircling the camp early Tuesday morning, on the site of a former industrial complex in Grande-Synthe, east of Dunkirk.

UK home secretary Priti Patel and the French interior minister Gérald Darmanin issued a joint statement “on the issue of small boats crossing the Channel and the operational response to it.” Downing Street had called on the French government to do more to stem the number of people travelling across the Channel in small boats amid a growing diplomatic row over who bears greater responsibility. It came after an intervention from Darmanin , who claimed that his country is being treated like a “punchbag” by a UK government that has failed to sort out its unregulated labour market.

Gérald Darmanin in Calais, November 28. A defense council meeting on migration is held Monday morning in Paris ” to make a point “, at the invitation of the president, Emmanuel Macron, further clarified Mr. Darmanin . Sunday, four days after the deadly shipwreck in the sea separating France from the United Kingdom , which had left at least 27 dead, gathered in Calais the officials responsible for French, German, Dutch and Belgian immigration, the European Commissioner for internal affairs and the directors of the European criminal police agencies Europol and Frontex borders.

It spoke at a press conference after an internal security advice, chaired in the morning by Emmanuel Macron, devoted to the situation. "What we want, insisted Gérald Darmanin, it is a balanced agreement that offers real solutions including the problems of France and Europe (...) We do not want a unilateral agreement." The minister announced that Prime Minister Jean Castex would write Tuesday to his counterpart Boris Johnson to propose to work on the development of this agreement.

Two helicopters to monitor the coastline

The government is "ready to resume very quickly discussions with Great Britain", from the moment "where there is no double speech" (private and public), affirmed the Minister, who had disappeared Sunday his counterpart Patel at the meeting in Calais. He returned to a letter published on Twitter by Boris Johnson who asked Paris to take over the migrants arriving from France to Great Britain. Gérald Darmanin also rejected any "questioned" of the Touquet agreements, dating from 2004 , who place the British French side border, as suggested by several opposition persons, recalling that this text was concerned than legal immigration.

He warned the British against all of an intelligence to give the sea the migrants that would arrive on their coast, which would be "an unacceptable red line". "We will never accept the practice of refurbishments at sea," he said, because "the United Kingdom is not exempt from international law." Finally, in addition to an airplane from the Frontex European Agency, two French helicopters will be allocated to the monitoring of the coast to prevent fatal crossings, has it announced.

France Takes Steps to Curb Smuggling Across Channel After 27 Migrants Die Trying to Reach U.K. .
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said justice officials and staff from the finance and foreign affairs ministries will join the agency to bolster it.Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said justice officials and staff from the finance and foreign affairs ministries will join the agency to bolster it, giving it "more muscle, not to say revolutionize it." The office currently has 123 members, according to the Associated Press.

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