100 daily attempts to sneak into UK

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Immigrants have made around 100 bids a day to illegally enter Britain, official figures have revealed.

Border Force staff and other officials such as the French authorities recorded 11,920 attempts between April and July, according to the Home Office.

Its records show a steep increase in the number of times illegal immigrants were detected trying to make it into the country since the coalition took power in 2010, when just 10,916 were identified over the financial year.

Last year the number of so-called clandestines reached 19,003, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migrationwatch, warned that the rise was likely be caused by increased pressure on Britain’s borders.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “The sharp rise in the number of clandestines might reflect more effective detection, but an increase on this scale is more likely to be due to increased pressure on our borders.

“Part of that may be due to deteriorating conditions in the Middle East and Africa, but there is little doubt that the freedom of our society, the existence of a black market in labour and the presence of relatives and friends add up to making the UK a very attractive destination.

“The Government is seeking to make it more difficult to live in Britain illegally but it will take some time for recent measures to take effect.”

Around 2,500 migrants are camped in Calais, France, wanting to try to travel to the UK.

The Government has already earmarked £12m to improve security and has urged lorry drivers and tourists to take extra precautions to stop would-be migrants boarding their vehicles.

Immigration and security minister James Brokenshire said: “We continue to strengthen the security of our borders to stop those who have no right to enter the UK. We have made significant investment in ports in Northern France to improve security and infrastructure.

“Using some of the best technology in the world, our officers prevented more than 18,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally in the year to April 2014 – a rise of more than 60% on the previous year.

“We have also committed £12 million to further bolstering security at Calais and driven down the cost of back-office functions, allowing us to invest more in front-line operations.”

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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