Sajid Javid told to 'get a grip' on English Channel migrant crisis

01 January, 2019, 05:59 | Author: Donnie King
  • Home Secretary Sajid Javid declares a major incident after a series of migrant channel crossings over Christmas

Mr Javid said yesterday: 'The situation in the Channel is of grave concern, with people gambling their lives in reckless attempts to reach the United Kingdom in unsafe boats and treacherous conditions'.

Javid will hold talks with Whitehall chiefs, the Border Force and the National Crime Agency on Monday as he prepares to step up action.

He wrote: "Unfortunately, this means that there are no easy answers".

British interior minister Sajid Javid says the fast-growing number of would-be immigrants crossing the English Channel from France in dinghies is a "major incident".

Matt Crittenden, of the Littlestone-on-Sea lifeboat station, told AFP its search and rescue helicopter had spotted them and alerted police.

Speaking with the backing of the church, the newspaper reports, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott said: "Across the nation, we have been celebrating the season of hope and goodwill as we remember Christ's birth - let's not forget so soon that every person is precious".

"They all received a medical assessment and have now been transferred to immigration officials for interview".

He said it was vital the United Kingdom struck "a balance between protecting them (migrants) and protecting our borders".




He said on Saturday: "The situation in the Channel is of grave concern, with people gambling their lives in reckless attempts to reach the United Kingdom in unsafe boats and treacherous conditions".

Minister Javid is also seeking an urgent call with his French counterpart over the weekend, his ministry said.

Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, offered Mr Javid the...

However, compared with the number of refugees seeking asylum in the United Kingdom every year, the number who have attempted to cross the channel by dinghy is tiny, says BBC political correspondent Ben Wright.

"He has insisted the Home Office treat the situation as a major incident and has. asked for daily updates", it said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry said two more boats were discovered at around 8:30am (0830 GMT), both near the port of Dover, carrying 14 Iranian males.

Britain and France have agreed to boost bilateral cooperation over a spike in migrants trying to cross the Channel, the UK's Home Office said Sunday. "They are around and about in the camps, they are in the cafes in those areas of Calais".

"Instead of laying the blame exclusively at the hands of criminal gangs, Sajid Javid must step up and provide safe passage for those in distress if he wants to avoid further human tragedy", the charity said in a statement.

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