British border force helps clear Dunkirk migrant camp

British border force helps clear Dunkirk migrant camp

“We are determined to put an end to this reckless and illegal activity by stopping boats from leaving French shores. We are working closely with French authorities at all levels and the deployment of UK officials to Dunkirk is part of our ongoing joint commitment to tackling this.”
Last week, a record 86 migrants crossed the Channel and reached the UK in six separate boats in just one day, bringing the total to 1,256 people reaching the UK across the busy waterway illegally this year.
In comparison, 297 people were caught attempting to enter Britain through the Channel in 2018.
The mayor of Grande-Synthe opened the gym to migrants last December to keep families out of the cold, and had planned to close it with the return of warmer weather.
But hundreds of mainly young Iraqi Kurd men then pitched tents around the site as they planned illegal attempts to reach Britain.
The government later installed water faucets, bathrooms and showers after aid groups successfully filed a complaint on humanitarian grounds with France’s state council.
But this month the city’s mayor requested and obtained a court order to close the camp, citing local complaints of violence, litter and the presence of people-smugglers among the migrants.

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