UK and France: immigration perspectives

12 Mar 2024, 08 mins ago

In recent years, we have seen the growing partnership and collaboration between the UK and France, particularly concerning the management of illegal migration.

Recent discussions between Home Secretary James Cleverly and French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin underscored the commitment of both nations to enhance cooperation in tackling this pressing issue.

Acknowledging the challenges posed by illegal migration, the two countries have pledged to intensify their efforts. French law enforcement’s work in reducing small boat arrivals by 36% in 2023 reflects the tangible outcomes of this collaborative approach. Measures, such as increased patrols and the deployment of aerial surveillance equipment, signify a jointly arranged effort to intercept crossing attempts swiftly and dismantle organised criminal networks.

Furthermore, plans to assemble the Calais Group Interior Ministers demonstrates a broader commitment to European collaboration in addressing migration challenges. With the upcoming Summer Olympics in France, there are calls for joint security initiatives.

Despite the progress made, recent tragedies in the English Channel underscore the urgency of dismantling ruthless smuggling operations. The dedication of both nations to this cause remains resolute, with an emphasis on preventing crossings and investigating criminal groups.

Building upon the historic Entente Cordiale, the partnership between the UK and France demonstrates shared responsibility and mutual support, based on a commitment to safeguard security and uphold humanitarian principles.

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