So far this year more than 8,000 people have illegally crossed the arm of the sea that separates the two countries.
The The UK pays more than 54 million pounds ($73.59 million) to France As part of an agreement between the two countries to stop the number of immigrants crossing the English Channel illegally.
So far this year more than 8000 people illegally crossed the arm of the sea that separates the two countries, which is a record number compared to the total recorded last year.
In this sense, British Home Secretary Priti Patel and her French counterpart Gerald DarmaninThe agreement was signed with the aim of strengthening bilateral cooperation to address this issue.
As part of the agreement, British authorities reported that the number of police officers patrolling French beaches would double for the second time in a year to prevent the arrival of small boats from France.
With UK support last year, France doubled the number of officers deployed daily on its shores, improved intelligence sharing, and bought more sophisticated technologies.
This has resulted in the continental European nation banning the number of crossings twice so far this year compared to the same period in 2020.
But the British Home Office said that as French interceptions increased, organized criminal gangs changed their tactics, advancing towards the French coast and forcing migrants to take longer and more dangerous journeys.
Citizenship and Borders Bill
The deal comes as the Home Secretary’s new immigration plan is being discussed in Parliament this week.
It is the controversial Citizenship and Borders Bill which, According to the British government, addressing flaws in the current asylum system and criminal activity behind irregular migration and welcoming people through safe and legal routes while preventing abuse of the system through measures that prevent entry and crime associated with these crossings.
The official stressed that “the British are simply tired of illegal immigration and the exploitation of migrants by criminal gangs. Illegal immigration is driven by organized criminals and human traffickers.”
“Citizens are angry and rightfully so, because small boats are coming to our shores, facilitated by hideous criminal gangs who take advantage of human misery and put lives at risk,” he said.
For Amnesty International, “criminalizing people simply for trying to reach safety is untenable.”
The minister said the government was tackling the challenge of illegal immigration “for the first time in more than two decades” through a comprehensive reform of the asylum system.
according to his vision This law will allow them to hunt down gangs that exploit immigrantsIt deters illegal entry into the UK and introduces new criminal offenses for those trying to enter the UK illegally.
But for AI, This bill will only lead to more chaos and delays in the UK’s immigration systemwhich he described as “dysfunctional”.
“Criminalizing people simply for trying to reach safety is morally and legally untenable,” Steve Valdez-Symonds, director of the NGO’s refugee and migrant rights programme, told the BBC.
“People are crossing the English Channel and risking danger simply because there are no safe alternatives for them,” he said.
Consider that the new legislation is “Reckless and too dangerous response“To the problem, not to address the problem of human traffickers.
Instead, he concluded, desperate people are more likely to shun the authorities, leaving them vulnerable to further exploitation and slavery.