UK: Illegal Migrant Crossings Down 70 Per Cent After French Pay-Off, Report Claims

UK: Illegal Migrant Crossings Down 70 Per Cent After French Pay-Off, Report Claims


Britain may finally be making some progress on the Channel migrant crisis, with boat crossings reportedly 70 per cent following a £28m pay-off to the French authorities.

While the Boris Johnson administration still seems unwilling to countenance simply turning boats back to France and the Low Countries from which illegal migrants set sail, its decision to pay the French to stop them from using their coastline as a staging post — on top of millions already handed over to strengthen security in and around Calais — does appear to have borne some fruit.

Attempted crossings are up 50 per cent on the same period last year, to 950, but according to the Telegraph some 70 per cent have been prevented. The Home Office is also preparing to attempt the removal of illegals who have arrived under post-Brexit legislation disallowing asylum applications from migrants travelling to Britain from safe countries by

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