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Ministers confirm cooperation at UK-France summit

The French and British governments confirmed their commitment to work closely over illegal migration and abuse of the asylum system.

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The UK and France has announced new measures to share more information, increase return flights and tackle organised immigration crime networks.

The two countries have also vowed to work together to tackle illegal immigration before it starts by working with countries outside Europe to educate people about the reality of being in a country illegally.

Close work

Damian Green minister for immigration said: ‘We continue to work closely with France to stop illegal migration.

‘Already, our officers work together every day at the Joint Intelligence Unit in Folkestone and the Joint Operation Centre in Calais, to identify and disrupt organised immigration crime and trafficking activity.

‘As a result of this activity over 80 arrests for immigration offences have been made in the UK and France and many illegal entrants have been prevented from entering the UK.

‘We are determined to build on these early successes by further strengthening our common border and undertaking more joint operations to tackle illegal immigration networks who exploit vulnerable people.’

Published 2 November 2010