Almost £500m spent on preventing migrants from crossing the English Channel in the past seven years

Almost £500m of taxpayers’ cash has been spent on stopping migrants from crossing the English Channel prior to now seven years, analysis reveals, together with big sums handed to the French

  • £473m has been spent on safety measures to deal with migrants within the channel
  • The MoD revealed there have been 388 crossings from northern France on Thursday
  • Priti Patel anticipated to announce a package deal handy an excellent bigger sum to France

Nearly half a billion kilos of taxpayers’ cash has been spent making an attempt to stop migrants crossing the Channel prior to now seven years, based on analysis.

The complete consists of big sums handed to the French authorities in a bid to stop would-be asylum seekers from leaving their shores.

Figures present £473million has been spent on a variety of safety measures in addition to the up-front value of Priti Patel’s Rwanda asylum deal.

The Ministry of Defence revealed that there were a further 388 crossings from northern France on Thursday. Pictured: Migrants arrive in a Border Force Volunteer rescue boat, which escorted 90 migrants picked up in the English Channel by Border Force on Thursday, August 4

The Ministry of Defence revealed that there have been an extra 388 crossings from northern France on Thursday. Pictured: Migrants arrive in a Border Force Volunteer rescue boat, which escorted 90 migrants picked up within the English Channel by Border Force on Thursday, August 4

It got here because the Ministry of Defence revealed that there have been an extra 388 crossings from northern France on Thursday, bringing the entire variety of arrivals for the reason that begin of the 12 months to 17,483.

It doesn’t embody an extra unconfirmed variety of migrants who reached the UK yesterday.

Labour, who compiled the spending figures, stated the Government had spent slightly below £230million on safety measures at Calais and different embarkation factors in northern France since 2015.

Priti Patel (pictured) is expected to announce a further package later in the summer which is likely to hand an even larger sum to France to boost anti-migrant efforts by officials

Priti Patel (pictured) is predicted to announce an extra package deal later in the summertime which is more likely to hand an excellent bigger sum to France to spice up anti-migrant efforts by officers

It included a £54million deal introduced by the Home Secretary final 12 months to be spent on bolstering the variety of coastal patrols by French authorities.

Miss Patel is predicted to announce an extra package deal later in the summertime which is more likely to hand an excellent bigger sum to France to spice up anti-migrant efforts by officers.

The £473million additionally consists of £74million to improve the UK Border Force’s cutter fleet, an additional £50million pledged when the Ministry of Defence took command of British operations within the Channel in April, and the £120million given to Rwanda for preliminary prices.

The sum doesn’t embody the £1.5billion a 12 months it prices to run the asylum system.

Labour’s immigration spokesman Stephen Kinnock stated: ‘Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are too busy competing to proceed Priti Patel’s failing insurance policies and ramp up the rhetoric in opposition to refugees as an alternative of arising with a plan to deal with the prison gangs which are placing lives in danger.

‘The Government is spending a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands with out ever arising with a complete plan and, consequently, the variety of folks making the life-threatening crossings has soared.’

Labour say they’d spend the cash ‘strengthening the National Crime Agency, as a part of a complete plan to stop harmful Channel crossings’.

Labour's immigration spokesman Stephen Kinnock (pictured) criticised the Home Secretary's 'failing policies'

Labour’s immigration spokesman Stephen Kinnock (pictured) criticised the Home Secretary’s ‘failing insurance policies’

Over the interval lined by the spending, Channel migrants and folks trafficking gangs have largely switched from clandestine smuggling within the backs of lorries to utilizing dinghies and small boats.

There have been simply 299 reported crossings by small boat in 2018. This rose to eight,466 in 2020 after which soared to twenty-eight,526 final 12 months.

Home Office projections which emerged in January recommended this 12 months’s complete would hit 65,000, though it’s unclear whether or not the Rwanda coverage is deterring migrants.

In June, Home Office everlasting secretary Matthew Rycroft informed MPs crossings have been ‘not rising as a lot as this 12 months’s projection’.

Tory management frontrunner Liz Truss final evening vowed to ‘ensure that France is held to account’ for its function in stopping migrants crossing the Channel illegally.

Speaking at a hustings occasion in Eastbourne, the Foreign Secretary stated: ‘Now, I spoke to my French counterpart final week to make it very clear we anticipate French border guards to be working all hours in Dover, to ensure that our border is protected.’

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