French Minister: Half of the migrants crossing the Canal come from Belgium

Half of the migrants attempting to cross the Channel illegally into the UK come from Belgium. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said this a few days after he called for the EU-UK migration treaty.

Migrants are “a large part of the migration that we know in southern Europe but also in Belgium,” he said. “Fifty percent of the migrants who arrive in Calais and Dunkirk (in northern France) come from Belgium.” Darmanin also expressed his happiness that the British are keeping their promise and confirmed that they will pay France 62.7 million euros in 2021-2022 to strengthen border controls on the French side.

The minister in northern France called, Saturday, for the United Kingdom to transfer funds and negotiate a treaty between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Britain’s exit from the European Union. “We must have fair, balanced and peaceful relations with our friends,” the minister said on Tuesday.

The number of people crossing the canal illegally has risen sharply since 2018, despite authorities warning of the dangers of crossing by boat. According to French authorities, some 15,400 migrants made the journey between January 1 and August 31, 3,500 of whom were rescued after experiencing difficulties. 9,500 people crossed the channel in 2020, compared to 2,300 in 2019 and 600 in 2018.

Migrants are “a large part of the migration that we know in southern Europe but also in Belgium,” he said. “Fifty percent of the migrants who arrive in Calais and Dunkirk (in northern France) come from Belgium.” Darmanin also expressed his happiness that the British are keeping their promise and confirmed that they will pay France 62.7 million euros in 2021-2022 to strengthen border controls on the French side. The minister in northern France called, Saturday, for the United Kingdom to transfer funds and negotiate a treaty between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Britain’s exit from the European Union. “We must have fair, balanced and peaceful relations with our friends,” the minister said on Tuesday. The number of people crossing the canal illegally has risen sharply since 2018, despite authorities warning of the dangers of crossing by boat. According to French authorities, some 15,400 migrants made the journey between January 1 and August 31, 3,500 of whom were rescued after experiencing difficulties. 9,500 people crossed the channel in 2020, compared to 2,300 in 2019 and 600 in 2018.

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