The UK and France have agreed to strengthen the fight against illegal immigration; the corresponding agreement was signed on Tuesday by the interior Ministers of the two countries Priti Patel and Gerald Darmanin, the British government reported.
Illegal migrants often look for any opportunity to cross the English Channel and end up in the UK, where they are attracted by a social program, the possibility of obtaining refugee status and financial benefits.
The signing of the agreement followed an increase in the number of dangerous border crossings between France and Britain, the report says. In particular, the document provides that the number of police officers patrolling French beaches will more than double in order to prevent the departure of boats from the French coast.
With British support, France has already doubled the number of officers on French beaches last year, improved intelligence sharing and acquired more advanced technologies. “Thanks to this, France has prevented twice as many illegal border crossings this year as in the same period of 2020,” the report says.
London added that “thanks to the support of the UK, the French can deploy more security personnel further along the coast, as well as install and use the latest surveillance equipment throughout Northern France.”
The countries also agreed to implement a long-term plan to create a “smart border” along the coast and improve existing surveillance technologies.
“Advanced technologies will allow us to determine where attempts are being made to illegally cross the border, and send French law enforcement officers there, thereby preventing the risk to the lives of migrants when entering the water,” the British government explained.
The agreement was signed against the background of discussions in the British parliament on a new immigration plan presented by the Home Secretary. It is assumed that the Citizenship and Borders Bill is aimed at the shortcomings of the current British asylum system and the criminal activity behind illegal migration.