British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urging tougher measures to deal with a recent surge in illegal immigrants to the UK, as nearly 5,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into Britain in small boats so far in 2020, over double the number registered in 2019.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the government’s approach to tackling the huge surge in illegal migrants crossing into the country across the English Channel, reports The Sun.
Statistics showed that around 1,500 illegal migrants arrived in the UK by small boats in August alone, with 7 August marking a record daily number of around 230 embarking on the journey, the spokesman added:
‘Time for Change’
As the UK government struggles to rise up to the challenge of keeping a rising wave of illegal arrivals across the Channel at bay, Boris Johnson has been calling for tougher measures to deal with the issue.
“It’s time for change — too many illegal entrants are breaking into Britain,” urged Dover MP Natalie Elphicke.
It was reported that the British Army has deployed a Watchkeeper WK450 reconnaissance drone in the English Channel to feed into efforts to watch out for migrants coming from France, wrote The Times, citing a Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement.
This comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel has urged Border Force officials to carry out a review of defences in the strait, following calls to engage the Navy in tackling the crossings.
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