UK and Vietnam sign a new agreement to combat illegal migration

03 May 2024, 13 mins ago

The United Kingdom and Vietnam have joined forces to tackle the escalating issue of illegal migration, particularly concerning small boat journeys across the English Channel.

The recent agreement, signed in London on 17 April, marks a pivotal moment in the collaborative efforts between the two nations to tackle human trafficking and prevent further loss of life.

The surge in Vietnamese migrants arriving in the UK via small boats underscores the urgency of this cooperation. With 3,356 small boat arrivals recorded between 2018 and 2023, Vietnam has emerged as one of the top 10 countries contributing to this alarming trend.

Home Secretary James Cleverly’s discussions with General To Lam, his Vietnamese counterpart, paved the way for a comprehensive strategy encompassing measures to combat visa abuse, enhance intelligence sharing, and facilitate the repatriation of illegal migrants. Moreover, the commitment to developing a joint action plan to combat human trafficking underscores the shared resolve to protect vulnerable individuals and dismantle criminal networks.

Michael Tomlinson, the Minister for Countering Illegal Migration, aptly described illegal migration as a global challenge necessitating global solutions. This sentiment resonates with Senior Colonel Vu Van Hung, who emphasised the importance of collaboration in safeguarding legal routes and combating human trafficking.

As both nations celebrate 51 years of diplomatic relations, this agreement stands as a testament to this enduring partnership. By leveraging strengths and resources, the UK and Vietnam are poised to make significant strides in ensuring the safety and security of their citizens while upholding the principles of justice and human rights.

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