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UK & France sign deal to tackle illegal immigration across the Channel

UK & France sign deal to tackle illegal immigration. UK to pay France $75 million as part of agreement.

Where: Paris, France

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UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman and France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin have signed an agreement to strengthen UK-French cooperation in preventing illegal immigration across the English Channel.
Under the new agreement, the UK government will pay France about 72.2 million euros ($75 million) in 2022-2023, resulting in a 40% increase in France’s security presence across sea access points along the coast.
Prime Minister Sunak announced that UK officers would be embedded in French operations for the first time to “strengthen coordination and the effectiveness of our operations.”
The new agreement includes proposals to fight crime across migration routes. The deal does not contain a specific target for boat interceptions.
Braverman stated, “Today I signed a new deal with (Darmanin) to help tackle the small boats crisis in the Channel. It is no quick fix though I hope it will be a stepping stone to a much closer working partnership.”

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