The United Kingdom and France have reached an agreement to reduce the number of asylum seekers crossing the channel into England. The deal has been negotiated for months.
Among other things, the countries have agreed that the UK will pay more to France. In the coming year, France will receive 72 million euros. France, in turn, is deploying more police officers to patrol the beaches and stop boats carrying migrants. By the middle of next year, the number of agents should have increased from 200 to 300.
It has also been agreed that British officers will also be stationed in the control rooms of France for the first time and that French officers on the British side will be allowed to watch. This should improve coordination and information exchange between the two countries.
The countries are also investing in the security of ports, for example with drones, detection dog teams and security cameras. the deal also includes additional money for shelters for migrants in France.