UK Funds 15M Euro to France to Jointly Fight the Illegal Migration

The UK government has announced to fund a three years long 15 million Euros program aiming at bringing down the illegal migration and asylum seekers from the underlying UK and French border.

In its long running urge to stop illegal migration to the United Kingdom the UK home ministry has agreed to fund some 15 million of Euro to their counterpart in France. According to the news, the funded Euros from the UK to the French Interior ministry will make them to jointly undertake actions and form policies with regard to the prevention of migrants and refugees entering in UK.

The UK government has been giving a tough fight for long to fight the illegal migrants and asylum seekers on all her ports of deportation, hoped that, the funding will help their ally in France in controlling the security of the port city of Calais. The statement made from the UK officials confirmed that, they will continue their funding for a period of three years which will help the French government to strengthen the security of the port area to prevent refugees from crossing the borders to get into UK. The funding will be distributed in building of robust fences, permanent security installations and operational cooperation among both the countries while a good proportion of the fund will still remain available to support and to repatriate the victims of human trafficking, vulnerable ones and for their wellbeing.

Both countries also expressed their desire to work together and declared to work upon the issue of, illegal migrants’ entry in Europe, with other member states of the EU. The Polish, Spanish and French interior ministries are also looking into the issue to take serious initiatives towards stopping illegal migration across and within the EU borders.

The UK has committed 15 million euro to the strengthening of controls, surveillance and security at the port of Calais. A Joint Declaration from the French Ministry of Interior and UK Home Secretary agree that funding will be given to France for a period of three years to strengthen security and to prevent migrants from crossing into the UK. This will be done through the building of robust fences, permanent security installations, and operational cooperation between British and French law enforcement agencies at the border. According to the joint declaration, part of these funds will be used to ensure that vulnerable persons, such as victims of trafficking, receive appropriate support.

Through the declaration, both countries agree also to take action “to stem the flow of illegal migration into Europe” building upon the joint letter to the European Commission from the French, Polish and Spanish Interior Ministers and the British Home Secretary on the 9 September.  The Joint Declaration refers to the “volume of illegal migrants arriving along the southern Mediterranean border of the European Union” as well as deterring illegal migrants from congregating in and around Calais. However, about half of those arriving by boat in Italy are Eritreans and Syrians, who have 76% and 91% recognition rates respectively European wide according to ECRE and EASO.

– Mehari

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