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  • Updated: November 14, 2022

UK, France Sign Deal To Stop Migrant Channel Crossings

France and the UK on Monday signed a new agreement to work together to stop migrants crossing the Channel to England in small boats.

Under the agreement, the UK will pay France 72.2 million euros ($74.5 million) in 2022-2023 so that France can increase by 40 percent the numbers of security forces patrolling its northern beaches, the French interior ministry said.

This means some 350 additional members of the French security forces will be patrolling, following the deal, signed in Paris by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and British counterpart Suella Braverman.

Both countries also pledged to use technological and human resources on the French coast to better detect, monitor and intercept boats.

The deal comes after the UK government said on Sunday that more than 40,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to Britain so far this year, a new record.

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Quadri Adejumo
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