French Interior Minister Gerald Dorman has called for an EU-UK migration agreement. It also aims to resolve the refugee issue between Paris and London. On Sunday, Thurman announced that he was in favor of a European agreement that would address issues such as asylum applications, deportation and family reunification. The project will be included in the roadmap of the French EU Council Presidency starting January 1.
In two days, British ships rescued or arrested more than 1,100 migrants trying to cross the English Channel into Britain. A total of 624 migrants were arrested in 23 operations on Friday and 491 in 17 operations on Saturday, according to the Interior Ministry. During the same period, French authorities said 414 immigrants had been barred from entering the UK.
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More than 17,000 immigrants have traveled to Great Britain since the beginning of this year, according to the British news agency PA. This is twice as much as in 2020. The number of people who have reached the UK coast this year has already surpassed 13,000, according to the BBC. According to the British Home Office, by 2020 there will be 8,417 counts.
The rising number of immigrants crossing the English Channel in small boats has sparked growing tensions between London and Paris since Britain left the EU earlier this year.
French Interior Minister Gerald Dormann on Saturday called for the start of talks on a settlement agreement between the European Union and Great Britain. This was necessary because the issue was not regulated in the Brexit agreement, Darmanin said during a visit to the French North Sea coast. France will put the issue on the agenda of its EU Council Presidency from January.
The French minister called on the British government to “fulfill its promise” and provide funding to fight the smugglers on the French coast. As part of an agreement reached in July, Great Britain agreed to fund France’s border security with 62.7 million euros this year and next.
A few weeks ago, British Home Secretary Priti Patel noted that funding could be cut off if France did not act decisively to prevent the smuggling of ships. On Saturday Thurman visited the French coastal cities of Loon-Blaze and Marc, where immigrants cross the English Channel every day trying to reach England. (dpa, AFP)
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