UK and French officials on Thursday struggled to curb the migration of small boats across the Channel in the aftermath. 27 migrants drowned in Dunkirk Wednesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on France, the UK, Belgium and Germany to work hard to evacuate human trafficking to Europe in the aftermath of the tragedy, with UK and French officials saying some migrants arrive off the coast of France by road. from outside and departing through the Channel within a few hours.
French authorities have announced the arrest of five people on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
Gérald Darmanin, France’s Interior Minister, called for a “European response” to the issue, including Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and the UK, to disrupt smuggling methods.
Speaking to RTL radio on Thursday morning, he said France had detained 1,500 people since the beginning of the year. “For example, the smugglers we arrested last night, had a car registered in Germany and bought their boats in Germany,” he said.
Darmanin also added that for several thousand euros, the sellers would provide migrants to “El Dorado” in England.
He should discuss how to reduce the number of cross-border figures with Priti Patel, UK secretary of state, later on Thursday.
Kevin Foster, the UK’s immigration minister, told the BBC Today The need for Britain and France to work together to address the crisis has caused more than 27,000 people to cross the Channel in small boats this year.
He also said that the UK offered in last year’s talks on the post-Brexit relationship with the EU to sign a bilateral agreement with France to repatriate asylum seekers who had crossed the safe zone before reaching the UK but were rejected.
“We cannot force our colleagues to unite,” he said.
French authorities say the 27 dead Wednesday are 17 men, seven women and three children. Two well-known survivors, recovering from severe hypothermia, are Iraqi and Somali. The incident is a major disaster for the Channel as the small boat migration became a major crossroads from France to the UK at the end of 2018.
Jean Castex, Prime Minister of France, is meeting to discuss the issue of migration with its foreign ministers, justice, security, maritime, transport and foreign affairs and in Europe. He is due to hold a meeting with officials on Thursday to discuss ways to address the issue.
UK diplomats are expected to force the French to agree to patrol the French coast to deal with smugglers.
Foster told the BBC: “What we want to do is see how we can help French lawmakers deal with the crisis in Pas-de-Calais.”
He also said that a British helicopter assisted in French water Wednesday in search and rescue.
Although such views contradicted the concerns of the French government, Bruno Bonnell, a member of the French Parliament for President Macron La République en Marche party, said. Today they will help guard together.