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UK to Pay France €62.7m to Curb Migrant Crossings

British Home Office said that Britain has agreed to pay France an additional €62.7 million to fund a crackdown on illicit vessels crossing the English Channel.

Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, agreed to pay the cash as part of a deal negotiated with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Tuesday to curb the rising number of migrants crossing the Channel.

The home office said that at least 430 people crossed the Dover Strait, a single-day record, including women and young children, a record for a single day on Monday.

According to accessible government data collated by PA Media, more than 287 migrants arrived in the UK on Tuesday, raising the total for the year to at least 8,452.

Britain was working on making the country less attractive for asylum seekers and would enforce measures such as sanctions on illegal migration and those who enabled it.

Patel argued that the reform will “enable us to go after the gangs exploiting people, deter illegal entry into the UK, introduce new and tougher criminal offenses for those attempting to enter the UK illegally and strengthen our ability to remove those with no legal right to be in the UK.”

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