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Calais migrants crisis deal to be agreed between Britain and France

Published 18/08/2015

The deal will focus on improving security
The deal will focus on improving security

Britain and France are set to sign an agreement aimed at alleviating the Calais migrants crisis which will include measures to strengthen security at the port.

The French Interior Ministry said Home Secretary Theresa May will travel to Calais on Thursday to sign the agreement with her counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve.

The deal will focus on improving security at the port where thousands of migrants are trying to get to Britain on boats and through the Eurotunnel.

It will contain measures to deal with human traffickers who facilitate migrants' journeys and contain commitments to boosting humanitarian support for the most vulnerable migrants.

Thousands of migrants have attempted to enter Britain in recent months on cross-Channel trains and ferries, with some dying in the process.

Last month, the Government announced it would be spending £7 million on beefing up security around the Eurotunnel railhead at Coquelles, near Calais.

A new secure waiting area will also protect up to 230 lorries at a time from migrants who attempt to jump aboard in a bid to get across the Channel.

Prime Minister David Cameron has faced criticism for describing a "swarm" of migrants attempting to enter the UK and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond faced similar complaints for his description of migrants "marauding" across Europe.

The Government has also pledged to take action on the so-called "pull factors" for migrants in Britain, including steps to tackle rogue employers hiring illegal immigrants.

A new Immigration Bill is expected in coming months.

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