Illegal Immigrants: France

Home Office written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the French policing response at Calais; and whether she plans to meet the French interior minister and local police to discuss the security situation at that port.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The French and UK Governments continue to work together closely regarding the situation in Calais. Law and order in the area is a matter for the French Government and the UK Government recognises the significant steps they took to police the disturbances and keep tourists and drivers safe. The Home Secretary met her counterpart, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, on 2 July to discuss the migration situation in Calais. They reaffirmed the determination of both countries to strengthen and complete their joint strategy to deal with this challenge. Home Office Ministers and senior officials have meetings with a wide variety of international partners, including French counterparts, as part of the process of policy development and implementation.

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