Illegal Cross-channel Movements: Discussions with French Counterpart

Part of Home Department – in the House of Commons at on 14 November 2022.

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Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I read with interest the report from the Select Committee, which makes several important points about greater collaboration and deeper co-operation with our friends in France. Last year our joint efforts saw more than 23,000 dangerous and unnecessary crossings prevented, and this year to date more than 30,000 crossing attempts have been stopped by the French. Joint working has also resulted in the dismantling of 55 organised crime groups and secured more than 500 arrests since its inception in 2020. That operational collaboration is absolutely integral to solving this common challenge.