İrem UZUN -TDO- The United Kingdom and France have signed a new agreement to try to stop the undocumented movement of people across the Channel. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said under the deal signed on Saturday new equipment, including drones and radar, would be employed. It is hoped the equipment will help the French deploy officers to the right places to detect migrants and stop them before they start their journey.
Patel and her French counterpart Gérald Darmanin said they wanted to make the route used by more than 8,000 people this year unviable. They agreed to double the number of French police patrolling a 150 km stretch of coastline targeted by people-smuggling networks. However, the Home Office did not say how many more officers would be deployed. The agreement also includes steps to support migrants into accommodation in France and measures to increase border security at ports in the north and west of the country.
The agreement was criticized by humanitarian organizations. Bella Sankey, the director of Detention Action, said it was "an extraordinary mark of failure that the home secretary is announcing with such fanfare that she is rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic". Amnesty International described the deal as “extremely disappointing”. Human rights groups say the best way to stop travel is to provide safe ways for people in the UK to seek asylum.