A new centre will fight illegal UK immigration.
24 March 2010
New centre tackling illegal UK immigration opens in Calais
A new centre for tackling illegal UK immigration has opened in Calais, with the French and British governments to share intelligence and equipment.
The co-ordination centre contains comprising high-tech surveillance equipment, new X-ray scanning machines, and an extensive computer system that will be manned by UK immigration and French police and customs officials.
UK Immigration Minister Phil Woolas and his French counterpart Eric Besson opened the centre at the Calais ferry port, emphasising their determination to tackle immigration and the smuggling gangs that exploit migrants.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has promised to accelerate the repatriation of illegal immigrants.
There are an estimated 1,000 migrants in the Calais area that make daily attempts to board transport to Dover.