The UK has agreed to provide funding to France to tackle illegal immigration and prevent small boats from crossing the Channel.
Why it matters
This event is significant as it demonstrates the UK's commitment to addressing the issue of unauthorized migration and strengthening border control measures. It also highlights the ongoing cooperation between the UK and France in addressing shared challenges.
What the papers say
The Independent says the UK will contribute £478 million to fund a new detention centre in France and increase law enforcement officers on French shores. The Mirror reports that the UK will help fund a detention centre for the first time and double the number of personnel deployed in northern France. The Telegraph mentions that the UK will fund a new detention centre and increase the number of French officers to combat the surge in Channel crossings.
How we got here
The UK has previously committed over £300 million to France in the last decade to tackle unauthorized migration. The recent agreement marks the first time the UK will contribute to building a detention centre in France.
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