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France police urges British army help to tackle migrant crisis

Migrants queue to receive food from a humanitarian organization at the entrance of a migrant camp in Calais, northern France, August 8, 2015. (© AFP)

The French police stationed in the northern port city of Calais have called on the British army to help curb the growing number of illegal migrants.

On Monday, Bruno Noel, the head of the Alliance police union for Calais, voiced concern over the insignificant number of the French police in the port city, warning that the situation is spiraling out of control.

“We have only 15 permanent French border police at the Eurotunnel site. Can you imagine how derisory this is given the situation? So I say, why not bring in the British army, and let them work together with the French?” he suggested.

The proposal won the favorable reaction of some Britons, including Kevin Hurley, police and crime commission for Surrey police, and Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader. However, some French say the deployment of foreign troops to restore stability to the region would be a slight to French national pride.

Calais is the gathering place of hundreds of illegal migrants, mostly from African and Middle Eastern countries, who want to reach Britain aboard trucks that leave the French port for Britain on a daily basis.

According to an investigation conducted by the British daily, The Guardian, at least 15 migrants, including young women and teenagers, lost their lives in and around Calais in 2014.

2.4 billion euros set aside for crisis

Also on Monday, the European Union (EU) announced that it has earmarked 2.4 billion euros (USD 2.6 billion) in funds to tackle the migrant crisis.

The European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos (© AFP)


"Member States nowadays face unprecedented challenges in the fields of migration and security and the Commission is taking action in a spirit of solidarity,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.

“The Commission is taking bold steps to improve migration management, foster cooperation and make Europe safer from organized crime and terrorism for our citizens," he added.

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