Illegal Immigrants: France

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Lord Condon Lord Condon Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in recent weeks, and what action they intend to take, to respond to the number of displaced people in Calais.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

The large number of displaced people in Calais is, in part, a consequence of the Schengen Area, in which the UK does not participate. The maintenance of law and order on French soil is, of course, a matter for French Government, but it is in the UK's interest to work with them to bolster security at the port.

The Home Secretary and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve set out a number of commitments in a joint declaration on 20 September 2014 to tackle problems at the port of Calais. This included £12m from the UK Government to help reinforce security.

We continue to work with the French Government to implement the practical solutions that have been agreed. We are also working to address the wider problem of illegal migration, for example by increasing joint intelligence work with the French to target the organised crime gangs behind people smuggling.

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