Hundreds of illegal migrants arrived in the UK within a few days. In connection with this the country's Interior Ministry appealed for help to the army, as well as to the French government to curb their flow. This is reported by Reuters.
Taking advantage of the hot weather and calm sea conditions, hundreds of people, including children and pregnant women, have crossed the dangerous 33 km sea route in overloaded rubber boats in recent days.
The UK Department of Defense has received an official request from the Home Office to send military forces to assist border guards in operations in the Strait of Dover.
UK Immigration Secretary Chris Philp tried to put pressure on France ahead of meeting with his French counterpart in Paris next week.
“The French must first stop these illegal migrants from getting to the water,” Philp said in an article in the Daily Telegraph.
He added that the UK will seek to return to France those who entered the country through the English Channel.
The French Interior Ministry said control teams on the north coast are intercepting migrants daily, and additional resources have been mobilized for this. To address this issue, France will ask the UK to pay £ 30 million ($ 39.12 million) to police on the English Channel, according to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
London has not yet decided whether to meet this demand.
As reported, on Thursday over 200 migrants arrived to the coast of Great Britain through the English Channel, and on Friday - about 130 people, and on Saturday the flow of illegal immigrants increased.