UK and France pledge ‘close co-operation’ to resolve Calais migrants issue


The UK and France require pledged to work together and “step up” moves to improve the migrant predicament in Calais.

A statement, released after Home Secretary Amber Rudd met her French counter rt Bernard Cazeneuve, implied both countries would resolve the situation through “close co-operation”.

It said the UK and France wish also further secure the port and tunnel.

The show of unity comply withs calls to allow migrants to lodge UK asylum claims on French earth.

But this plan was dismissed by a Home Office source as a “complete non-starter”.


The Jungle camp in Calais has become the focal point of France’s migr crisis, with about 7,000 people living there.

In the asseveration the two countries agreed to:

  • Bear down on the organised crime gangs manoeuvring the vulnerable. Twenty-eight criminal networks have been disrupted in 2015, and an additional 28 since the start of this year
  • Address the humanitarian challenges in Calais as around 7,000 peregrinators are now present including 5,000 without housing
  • Work together to earnings illegal migrants in Calais who are not in need of protection
  • Further secure the harbour. A total of 100 million Euros have already been antici ted by British authorities to reinforce security, and the French authorities have been providing 1,000 policewomen day and night to prevent intrusion. This scheme has just been recently fortified with 160 additional officers.

Ms Rudd and Mr Cazeneuve said: “The two sticks recognise the humanitarian situation in Calais that affects both countries and the sine qua non to step up joint efforts to improve the situation in Calais.”

  • Reality Check: Will migrants be allowed to claim UK asylum in France?

On Monday, Xavier Bertrand, the president of the locality, said Calais migrants should be allowed to lodge UK asylum petitions in France.

Under the 2003 Le Touquet deal between France and the UK, Britain can conduct out checks in Calais on people heading for the UK, while French officials do the synonymous in Dover.

But Mr Bertrand said he wanted a “new treatment” for asylum seekers taxing to get to the UK and said people living in the Calais camp known as the Jungle should be qualified to apply at a “hotspot” in France rather than waiting to reach Britain.

Those who not succeeded would be deported directly to their country of origin, he said.

Known rules known as the Dublin Regulation say refugees must register in the earliest European country they reach. This country usually treats charge of their asylum claim.

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Many try to reach the UK by lurk inside vehicles entering the nearby port and the Channel Tunnel.

Mr Bertrand, who is the president of Hauts-de-France division, does not have the power to change the treaty, but some of the candidates looking to win next year’s French presidential designation, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy, agree it should be mended or scrapped.

Debate over border controls was a key issue in the EU referendum offensive, with David Cameron claiming the Jungle could move to England if the UK left-wing the EU.

But just weeks after the warning, the then-PM and French President Francois Hollande conceded a “mutual commitment” to keep it in place. After the Brexit vote, new UK PM Theresa May and Mr Hollande recapped the commitment.

The BBC’s ris correspondent Hugh Schofield said it was possible there could be a “appearing confrontation between Britain and France on Calais, but it’s not going to be here and it’s not successful to be now”.

Why don’t Calais migrants claim asylum in France?

Under EU rules, conscious as the Dublin Regulation, asylum seekers should claim asylum in the initially safe country they come to.

British officials must also consider responsibility for claims made elsewhere in the EU if the person can demonstrate they keep close family members living legally in the UK.

Electronic fingerprinting hopes many who make it further into Europe will end up being sent uphold to Italy or Greece, where many first entered the EU.

UK politicians say directed the Dublin rules, migrants in Calais should claim asylum in France if they call for protection.

But many migrants say their life in France is “no good”, and they ambition for better opportunities in the UK.

Reality Check: Will migrants be allowed to claim UK asylum in France?

Temporarily, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said he had “seldom seen anything so revolting as those fetid camps in a land of plenty”.

He said he had raised the conclusion of the camps with French and UK authorities.

A spokesman for the prime minister judged the UK and France are committed to the Le Touquet agreement, and the issue of the Jungle was a matter for French specialists.

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