At least 235 migrants were intercepted on August 6 between France and England. British Home Secretary Priti Patel vows to act to limit crossings.
“I am working to make this road impassable.” British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday, August 7, denounced the number “shameful” and “unacceptable” migrants arriving in the United Kingdom via the English Channel from France. “The number of crossings of illegal small boats [vers le Royaume-Uni] is appalling and raised to an unacceptable point “, she tweeted.
At least 235 migrants were intercepted on August 6 between France and England, setting a new daily record, just a week after the previous one (202 people on July 30). Thirty-three migrants were also rescued on Saturday on makeshift boats during two separate operations as they tried to cross the Channel to reach England, announced the maritime prefecture. “These figures are shameful! the British Home Secretary reacted on Twitter. France and the other EU member states are safe countries. Genuine refugees should seek asylum there, not risk their lives and break the law by coming to the UK. “
Immigration Minister to visit France next week
According to several British media, the government plans to bring in the army to manage the influx of migrants. Contacted by AFP, the Ministry of the Interior declined to comment. He did however indicate that the Secretary of State in charge of Immigration, Chris Philp, would visit France next week, without giving more details.
An official investigation was launched this week by the parliamentary committee in charge of the interior, in order to “to examine the reasons behind the increase in the number of migrant crossings, as well as the responses provided by the British and French authorities”.