British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Thursday called for a “concerted international effort” to combat criminal groups crossing the English Channel in the wake of the deaths of 31 migrants.
He said there was “no quick fix” to prevent shortcuts, and that it was “necessary to respond to long-term factors, dismantle criminal gangs that treat people like goods and attack supply chains.”
He told parliament, “This requires a concerted international effort.
The minister said he was in constant contact with European countries, including France, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Italy and Greece, and reaffirmed today that he had reiterated to his French envoy Gerald Dormann the opportunity to send British troops. To patrol the French beaches so far rejected by Paris.
“Based on the general patrols to prevent these dangerous voyages, and the co-operation between France and the United Kingdom, I have once again made my offer very clear to France. , He expressed what is needed to make those areas safer.
French authorities say at least 27 people drowned on Wednesday as they tried to cross the English Channel from France to England, including a pregnant woman and three children, while two survived.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night and later spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron.
According to a Downing Street spokesman, the two sides agreed on the urgency of increasing joint efforts to avoid these shortcuts and felt the need to work with Belgium, the Netherlands and other European countries.
This year, more than 25,700 illegal immigrants arrived in the UK by boat, up from 8,469 last year or nearly 300 in 2018, according to the British Home Office.
Earlier this month, 1185 immigrants arrived on the same day.
But this year 26,000 crossings were blocked, as well as 17 organized groups disbanded, resulting in 400 arrests and 65 convictions, the British Home Secretary said.
The UK recently announced 54 million (மில்லியன் 64 million) in funding for an increase in French patrols.
“We are carrying out various diplomatic and operational tasks. I have already approved maritime tactics, including the return of boats for naval use,” Patel told MPs.
According to the British newspaper The Guardian, three humanitarian NGOs (NGOs) intend to challenge this strategy in British courts, ignoring human rights and maritime law.
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