New British-French deal to combat”vile people smuggling”
PARIS (AP) — France and Britain signed an agreement Sunday to share intelligence in their joint fight against the human traffickers who are illegally smuggling migrants across the English Channel.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported the deal to set up a French-British intelligence unit would allow for greater exchanges of information about smuggling networks.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said the unit”will crack down on gangs behind vile people smuggling.” Patel crossed the Channel to visit the northern town of Calais to sign the deal with Darmanin\. She clarified levels of migration across the waterway as”unsustainable.”
People smuggling across the Channel and migrant camps which regularly spring up across France’s northern shore have been shown to be an intractable problem for the two governments. The formerly strong economy and demand for restaurant and farm labor of britain attracted migrants from all over the world who could talk some English. Calais over the years has reluctantly hosted underground, overcrowded migrant camps that appeared, slums so violent and poor that one was dubbed”the Jungle.”
Darmanin stated he pressed against Patel for additional British assistance, such as officials and gear, to root out smugglers”who benefit from the human misery of the men and women who want to cross the Channel and who are not punished .”
“It is extremely important that our British friends realize that if the migrants come here in Calais, it is not for the beauty of town but it’s to cross the Channel,” he explained. “The British authorities did a great deal to guard the French shore, but we need more means.”
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