The United Kingdom and France agreed on Monday to “intensify” their cooperation against illegal trafficking in human beings, as French President Emmanuel Macron announced after speaking to his British counterpart Boris Johnson.
“We will intensify our cooperation against migrant smugglers”, Macron announced on his Twitter account, in which he described the conversation with Johnson as “good”.
The UK authorities announced last week that 416 people reached their coast in one day, a record number. They achieved success after traveling through a boarding school in small groups. According to official British reports from the DPA news agency, around 5,000 people have embarked on the same path since early 2020.
French police regularly patrol the coast and have been charged by various groups of harassing migrants who gather in port cities in hopes of traveling. The police, who also regularly rescue migrants who try to cross, deny these allegations.