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Johnson warns that he will return illegal migrants who attempt to cross the English Channel

August 23, 2019

LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters / EP) –

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has warned that he will expel all illegal migrants who try to reach the country from France through the English Channel.

“We will send them back anywhere,” Johnson said in comments to the media after hearing the interception of a boat with immigrants on the southern shores of the country.

“The United Kingdom is a place they can enter whenever they want, illegally, and violate our codes of conduct,” he said.

The United Kingdom's migration balance has reached the lowest level since 2013 during the period of March 2018 to the same month of 2019, enhanced by the continued decline of immigrants from the European Union since the holding of the Brexit referendum in 2016, as shown by the official data revealed this Thursday.

In the mentioned period, some 612,000 people emigrated to the United Kingdom, while 385,000 people left the country, leaving the net migration balance at 226,000, the lowest data recorded in a 12-month period since December 2013, as reported the National Statistics Office.

The data are based on a series of new experiments that try to overcome the failures that existed previously and that led to the undervaluation of the number of European immigrants for long periods and the overestimation of the number of students from outside the EU who decide to stay in the United Kingdom After finishing his studies.