UK Faces Its Own Southern Border Crisis as Illegal Migration Attempts Surge

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid spoke with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on 7 June to discuss the two countries’ ongoing efforts to tackle illegal migration via small boats leaving France seeking to get to the U.K. Both ministers agreed to continue to explore options to reinforce the efforts already being made.

Minister Castaner suggested to look at ways to enhance the aerial surveillance already being undertaken by helicopter and by drone along the French coastline, potentially with additional use of drones at night to assess its impact on numbers being stopped from crossing the channel.

Minister Castaner confirmed that in addition to looking at surveillance, he was ensuring mobilisation of additional coastal patrols.

The two ministers agreed that their teams should continue to discuss methods to disrupt and return migrants seeking to enter the U.K. illegally via dangerous small boat crossings.

The conversation builds further on work already underway to tackle the issue

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