GB-MIGRANTS: London concerned about the influx of migrant boats from France
(Reuters) – Britain is concerned about the “unacceptable” rise in the number of small boats crossing the Channel from France and will act to return “illegal” migrants, a member of the government responsible for immigration said in a column published Friday evening by The Telegraph.
Chris Philp writes in the diary that he will be traveling to Paris next week to discuss the issue and that London expects France to prevent migrants from taking to sea.
Britain must also “intercept” migrants leaving France and “return” those who arrive on British coasts, he adds.
“The French must ensure that migrants caught trying to reach the UK by boat cannot reoffend,” says Philp.
The Times newspaper reported separately that members of the British government, who are calling for stricter measures from Paris, are considering blocking the migrant boats before they reach British waters.
According to the BBC, nearly 4,000 people have crossed the Channel this year, aboard more than 300 small boats.
(Bhargav Acharya et Kanishka Singh à Bangalore; version française Jean Terzian)