The British government have signed off on a new action plan to tackle illegal migration, after a wave of boat crossings from France to Kent.
It will see £6 million invested in new security equipment, a mutual commitment to conduct return operations and a close working relationship to return migrants who have come to the UK illegally on boats.
The Home Office announced that a ‘small number’ of illegal migrants have been returned to France.
Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has said: “It is vital we continue to work closely with our French partners to stop vulnerable migrants making these treacherous crossings and tackle the people smugglers who are putting their lives in danger.
“Today’s joint action plan strengthens our already strong relationship and increases joint action around keeping both our borders secure and discouraging these dangerous journeys.”
Meanwhile the French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, said: “This agreement once again shows the UK’s commitment to managing our shared border along with us. By combating illegal Channel crossings by migrants, we’re saving lives and deterring new migrants from coming to Hauts-de-France.”
— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) January 24, 2019
The new plan is coming into effect immediately. Good. Those coming to the UK illegally must not be allowed to stay.