Record number of migrants crossing into the UK

At least 430 migrants crossed the English Channel into the UK on Monday. This has been reported by the British Home Office.

With those 430 a new daily record is set, just at a time when Parliament is examining a bill on a tightening of the British asylum system.

The previous record dates according to the news agency. Pennsylvania September 2020, when 416 migrants arrived in the UK via the Channel. French and British Home Affairs Ministers Gérald Darmanin and Priti Patel held a meeting Tuesday night on the issue. They signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the fight against illegal immigration, says in a press release from Patel’s cabinet.

For example, France, with UK support, will allocate additional resources to the fight against illegal immigration, with additional patrols on the north coast between Boulogne and Dunkirk and to the north-west around Dieppe. Additional surveillance technology will also be introduced on the French side to prevent attempts to cross the road, including aerial surveillance. Finally, investments will be made in infrastructure to increase security.

Jail sentences of up to four years for migrants

Last year, France doubled the number of officers on the beaches with the support of London. The country also invested in technology and improved data sharing. As a result, twice as many crosses could be avoided this year as last year. “As the French were able to stop more crossings, the criminal gangs changed their tactics. They moved further off the French coast, forcing migrants to follow even longer and more dangerous routes, “the press release said. According to the BBC, nearly 8,000 people on 345 ships have reached the British coast since the beginning of the year. .

The British Parliament is currently considering a Patel bill on reform of the asylum system. The goal is to discourage illegal immigration, including treating asylum seekers who have entered the country legally or illegally differently. The prison terms that migrants risk if they want to re-enter the country illegally will also be increased from six months to four years. Human traffickers risk life imprisonment, compared to fourteen years today.

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