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Migrant crossings ‘unacceptably high’ as UK asks France to be tougher

by Ace Damon

French authorities were urged to adopt a more rigid stance on migrants, after a record week of English Channel crossings.

About 96 people were intercepted on the Canal on Friday – the day after a record 202 migrants made the journey.

The previous daily record for migrant crossings was on July 13, when 180 landed successfully in the UK.

Migrants land on Kent beach

Immigration Compliance Minister Chris Philp wants France to be stronger at stopping boats at sea and directing them back to shore before they reach the Kent coast.

French authorities stopped thousands of tickets this year, the government acknowledged, before adding that more could be done.

Philp said: “The number of illegal small boat crossings we are seeing from France is unacceptably high.

“And migrants continue to arrive in Calais to make the crossing.

“The French need to take tougher measures.

“We need stricter enforcement measures, including interceptions at sea and direct return of boats.

“The French heard this directly from the Home Secretary and we will continue to work with them until the situation changes.

“We will also continue to pursue criminals who facilitate these crossings and return migrants who come to the UK in this way.”

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In July, more than 1,000 migrants were able to cross into the United Kingdom, according to an analysis by the PA news agency.

The Interior Ministry launched an attack on “activist lawyers” on Friday, which it claims is frustrating efforts to send migrants back to France.

Moment when immigrants were found hiding in the roof box of the car

British family finds migrants in their car roof box

He referred to “vexing” claims that are stopping the government and its attempts to remove migrants from the UK; however, it would not reveal how many migrants remained in the country.

Human rights charities have classified the comments as “aggressor tactics”.

Minnie Rahman, manager of public affairs and campaigns for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said: “Those who are forced to make desperate trips through the Canal are doing this because they simply have no other options and depend on those who want to exploit them. . “

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