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Friday, January 27, 2023

Labor members question London-Paris agreement on irregular migration

I think it is too little, too late, said Labor MP Stephen Kinnock, as Interior Minister Suella Braverman and her French counterpart Gerald Darmanin signed the agreement in Paris on Monday.

According to Kinnock, who serves as immigration minister in the so-called shadow (opposition) cabinet, the Conservatives have had 12 years to try and fail to fix the asylum system.

We have 40,000 refugees in hotels, costing British taxpayers £6 million ($7 million) a day, and another 10,000 refugees waiting more than three years for answers to their asylum claims, he said.

In the Labor deputy’s opinion, this situation encourages human traffickers and migrants to choose the United Kingdom as their destination, as they know, he said, that they could spend years waiting for their cases to be resolved in the country Huh.

As part of the new deal, London will pay French police £63 million (about $74 million) a year to increase patrols on the country’s north coast by 40 percent and buy more surveillance technology. Including cameras and helicopters and sniffer dogs. ,

It also contemplates the entry of British specialists into these operations for the first time, and the creation of a joint command post, and facilities to house and process migrants on French soil.

There are also plans to set up a task force focused on reversing the recent surge in immigration from Albania and combating organized crime controlling illegal migration routes to Western Europe and the United Kingdom.

The signing of the agreement between London and Paris came a day after it was reported that so far this year more than 40,000 people have crossed the English Channel in rubber boats and other vulnerable vessels, seeking asylum in Britain.

The wave of migrants, which minister Braverman recently described as an “invasion”, comes despite the fact that the conservative government plans to deport people who enter the country irregularly from Rwanda.

In this regard, Kinnock said that if they came to power in the next elections, Labor would reverse the controversial deportations, and use that money to strengthen the national unit to fight crime and to take on human trafficking gangs. .

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