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Britain and France clash over response to channel immigrant tragedy

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, Death of 27 immigrants A person who drowned trying to cross the English Channel from France the day before.

The British and French governments have vowed to crack down on gangsters as asylum seekers endanger their lives in small boats, blaming traffickers’ criminal networks, hampered by worsening relations since Brexit.

“Given that France is a transit country, we need stronger European cooperation in this regard,” the French president said in a visit to Croatia.

Britain’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said yesterday that tensions between Britain and France continued and that the French government was responsible for preventing people from crossing the strait. “I work with France to place officers on the ground and absolutely whatever is necessary to secure the area so that vulnerable people do not endanger their lives by boarding non-sealerable boats. I offered to do it, “she told the House of Commons.

Macron added that France is seeking “additional mobilization from Britain.” In this regard, we hold the UK border as I remind you. “

The president of France said Need cooperation Work with Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Commission to improve. His prime minister, Jean Castex, has invited a minister in charge of immigration to a meeting in Calais on Sunday to discuss the crisis.

Johnson wrote to Macron on Thursday night, stating five proposals that the British Prime Minister could ease the situation, including mutual maritime patrols in each other’s territorial waters.

Johnson added that the bilateral agreement to return migrants to France would have an “immediate and significant impact” on those trying to cross the strait.

“If people who arrive in this country are returned quickly, the incentives for people to put their lives in the hands of traffickers will be significantly reduced,” Johnson wrote.

Both Johnson and Macron Be exposed to criticism From migrant-restricted politicians who are perceived to have failed to stop thousands of asylum seekers and other migrants arriving from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The two migrants who were rescued on Wednesday and recovered from severe hypothermia were from Iraq and Somalia.

Macron is already working to strengthen immigration policy ahead of a reelection campaign in April next year against anti-immigrant candidates such as controversial Eric Zemmour and far-right politician Marine Le Pen.
Bilateral cooperation between London and Paris is hostile to each other between French and British leaders, from post-Brexit debates, and sometimes from immigration to fishing licenses, the Covid-19 policy, and the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. It’s made difficult by the comments. ..

Gerard Lomiti, head of the French Parliamentary Commission, said yesterday that fishermen used vans to block three ports near Khan, Kale, Saint-Malo and Wistram, and to approach the Highway to the Channel Tunnel on Friday. “Warning shot” was announced. Britain refused to grant sufficient licenses to French fishing vessels after Brexit.

UK immigration figures released Thursday show the impact of small boat immigrants on the UK asylum system. There were 15,104 applications in the July-September quarter, an increase of 60% compared to the same quarter in 2020. The number of applications for the year to September 2020 increased by 18% to 37,562.

However, in the year to June, the last period of comparison, there were 37,235 applications, with the UK being the only fourth in Europe in terms of asylum applications, Germany with 113,625 and France with 87,180. It is far below.

Hundreds of people gathered in Calais and Dunkirk on Thursday night to light candles, give speeches in English and Arabic, and mourn the deaths of those displaced by the sea.

Jean-Marc Puiseso, president and chairman of the ports of Calais and Boulogne, is completely “sick” of the lack of support for people in danger at camps in the city, 130km. Said that the coastal security was strengthened. “It’s not a solution.”

He said that the millions of euros spent on police were instead funded by countries across Europe to accommodate future asylum seekers and help them process their applications of immigrants. He said it should be used to create an international center for. He said it was the “EU and UK failure” that such a system for humane treatment of refugees had not yet been created.

Additional reports by Eir Nolsoe and Domitille Alain In paris

Britain and France clash over response to channel immigrant tragedy

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