France & UK Join Forces to Prevent Illegal Channel Crossings

Britain’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and France’s Home Minister, Gerald Darmanin, agreed that more should be done to prevent illegal crossings in the Channel that separates the two countries.

The Minister of the Interior and the Minister of the Interior agreed to further enhance operational cooperation. More must be done to stop the dangerous crossings. The joint statement issued by the two authorities said that they agreed to accelerate the implementation of the commitments contained in the joint agreement concluded in July 2021 to fulfill their joint determination to block 100 percent of the crossings and make this deadly road unworkable.

Several steps to address the issue were proposed and discussed, with both parties agreeing that a joint technical working group should meet soon to identify new technology as soon as possible, TheSchengen.com reports.

Furthermore, the two ministers pledged a commitment to strengthening intelligence sharing and police cooperation. However, this was not always the case as tension between the two parties has surfaced in the past.

Last month, the French minister called on his counterpart and the British government to pay €63m (£54m) as stated in the agreement. The two sides signed an agreement in which the UK will pay for French border controls to prevent the flow of migrants from reaching British shores.

“Why do people go to Calais? It’s going to Great Britain. And why do they want to go to Great Britain? This is because the labor market operates largely in Great Britain thanks to a large army or reserves – as Karl Marx said – of people in an irregular situation but who can work at low cost, as the French minister previously said.

He also noted that the British should stop using France as a “punching bag for their domestic politics” and that smugglers who organize irregular immigration are often present on British soil. He also said that if the UK tightened laws, there would be no people in Calais or Dunkirk.

According to the Guardian, about 1,185 people crossed the canal by boat last week, a record number for crossing in one day. Three people have been reported to have drowned in the sea lane, and more than 23,000 people have managed to reach the other side of the shore so far. Moreover, this rate is set at 8,400 in 2020 – 63.4 percent lower than this year. The British government accused France of mismanaging the situation.

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