Britain and France are close to reaching an agreement to fight “illegal migration” across the English Channel.
Suella Braverman is expected to travel to Paris to sign the joint statement saying the government would pay French officials at least £60million.
According to the Financial Times, the number of French officers patrolling English Channel beaches is set to rise from 200 to 300 by the middle of next year.
British officials are also to be stationed in French control rooms for the first time.
For weeks, the home secretary has been under increasing pressure to finally repair the asylum system, which she and her predecessor Priti Patel described as “broken”.
Reports of the deal with France come as more than 40,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to Britain so far this year, according to the latest figures.
About 972 people were spotted in 22 boats on Saturday.
Interior Ministry data also shows that tens of thousands of migrants are waiting more than a year for a decision on their asylum application, and hundreds are waiting more than five years.
The number of people awaiting an initial decision on their asylum application has almost quadrupled over the past five years, from 29,522 in December 2017 to 122,206 in June 2022.
In December 2020 it was 64,891, which means it has almost doubled in the last year and a half.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/11/14/suella-braverman-to-strike-deal-with-france-to-stop-migrants-crossing-channel-17750164/ Britain strikes deal with France to stop migrants from crossing the English Channel